The South Sudan Regional Refugee Response Plan was launched on 17 December in Nairobi by Ambassador Amina Mohammed, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in front of an audience of donors, UN agencies and NGOs. The plan requests for USD 810 million to meet the needs of 821,000 South Sudanese refugees expected to have arrived in Ethiopia,
Kenya, Sudan and Uganda by the end of 2015.
November distributions under the Emergency Operation and the Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation. In November, WFP and its Cooperating Partners reached over 1 million people with a total of approximately 14,100 mt of food overall in South Sudan, including about 580,000 people and 8,300 mt under the EMOP and 420,000 people and 5,800 mt under the PRRO.
1.4 million IDPs (OCHA estimates)
469,000 displaced outside South Sudan (OCHA estimates)
After a long period of Government control, since May 2014, opposition forces attacked Bentiu, the capital of Unity State, on 29 October 2014. As has often been the case during the conflict in South Sudan, the attack was accompanied by reports that civilians were deliberately targeted by armed elements. Reports were also received that women were abducted by opposition forces and that conflict-related sexual violence took place.
The Human Rights Division of the UN Mission in South Sudan has issued a report concerning allegations that opposition forces killed at least 11 civilians and committed other serious human rights abuses during an attack in the Unity State capital of Bentiu last October. UNMISS human rights officers also received testimony from multiple sources alleging that opposition forces abducted and raped female residents of Bentiu after government troops withdrew from some parts of the city during the afternoon of 29 October 2014.
One year ago today, fighting broke out on the streets of South Sudan’s capital, Juba. The violence was fueled by a political conflict that quickly spread throughout the country, and tens of thousands of innocent civilians fled the terrifying attacks.
More than 3.4 milion children under-5 years were vacinated against polio during the National Immunisation Days (NID) in November, surpasing the 3.2 milion target. Meanwhile, the final round of NIDs for 2014 tok place from 2 to 5 December.
The first round of a polio immunisation campaign targeting children under-15 years in the thre conflict-afected states of Jonglei, Unity and Uper Nile began on 5 December.
18 December 2014 - As part of efforts to ensure security for displaced persons, UNMISS and the UN Mine Action service (UNMAS) today destroyed weapons and ammunition found in its camp in Nasir, Upper Nile State.
Among objects demolished were 21 AK 47 rifles and an MI-16.
UNMISS State Coordinator Deborah Schein said the mission was clearing its base of any weapons or ammunition connected to the current conflict. Nasir was phase two of the effort, which began with a demolition exercise at UNMISS in the capital Malakal last week.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | Thursday 12/18/2014 - 12:57 GMT
Peace talks aimed at ending South Sudan's civil war resumed in Ethiopia's capital Thursday, with mediators making a fresh appeal for an end to a "year of horror and tragedy".
The stop-start peace talks, brokered by the east African regional bloc IGAD and held in Addis Ababa, have seen a string of ceasefire deals since the war began just over a year ago -- but each has been violated in a matter of hours.
As of 11 December, the estimated number of civilians seeking safety in nine Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 98,097 including 32,815 in Juba (Tomping and UN House), 17,478 in Malakal, 2,694 in Bor, 43,718 in Bentiu, 450 in Wau, 913 in Melut and 29 in Nasser.
The Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) has allocated $60 million to get the humanitarian response for 2015 off to a timely start. The money will support aid agencies to take maximum advantage of the onset of South Sudan’s dry season, during which aid agencies plan to use roads to deliver aid to as many people as possible.
· Continuous missions to offer help desk services have been conducted to the major ETC sites across South Sudan.
· ETC participated to the 2015 Common Humanitarian Fund first allocation process.
December 17, 14 (BOR) – Child abductions and cattle rustling have resumed between the Dinka Bor and Murle ethnic groups in South Sudan’s Jonglei state.
Both sides continue to trade accusations over who is responsible for the incidents.
The Murle have accused Dinka tribesmen of stealing cattle at gunpoint from Pibor villages bordering Dinka Bor counties.
However, Dinka communities in Bor county accuse their neighbours in the newly created Greater Pibor Administration Area (GPAA) of stealing cattle a week ago from the Bor village of Kuongo.
In South Sudan, WFP operates its largest humanitarian air operation. Through the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS), around 8,000 aid workers are able to reach over 40 remote and isolated locations each month. UNHAS staff operate a fleet of 17 helicopters, and small and medium-sized aircraft to make this possible.
December 16, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA/JUBA) – As the civil war in South Sudan enters its second year, the government and rebel delegations are set to resume peace talks in the Ethiopian capital on Wednesday.
The resumption of talks comes as forces loyal to South Sudan’s armed opposition faction led by former vice-president Riek Machar launched attacks along the Juba-Nimule road, a rebel’s military spokesman claimed on Tuesday.
IGAD chief negotiator Seyoum Mesfin announced the resumption of the nearly one-year-long process during a press conference on Monday.
Conflict continues to drive food insecurity in many areas of the region
About 12.4 million people in East Africa are in need of humanitarian assistance. As of November, the majority were in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) in northeastern Djibouti, eastern and northeastern Ethiopia, northern and eastern Kenya, southern and central Somalia, western and southern Sudan, and the Greater Upper Nile States in South Sudan. Significant populations remain Stressed (IPC Phase 2) in these countries and in Burundi, Rwanda, and northeastern Uganda.
- Situation overview
The situation remains unpredictable but there was no fighting during the reporting period.
Intertribal tensions continue to exist in Malakal, however UNFPA continues to provide front line staff .
Midwives will be returning in the next reporting period and a new GBV speci al ist has arrived in Juba and will begin work in Malakal shortly.
Although there is currently no fighting in Bentiu the situation remains very tense and the threat of an attack is now a constant concern.