Thousands of people are newly displaced due to fighting in Wau, South Sudan. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is providing medical care to displaced people in the area through mobile clinics. Dr. David Kahindi, MSF deputy medical coordinator in Wau, gave the following account by phone on Monday:
Good morning ladies and gentlemen of the media, and welcome to the United Nations weekly press briefing broadcast live on UN radio Miraya from UNMISS HQs in Juba. Welcome also to radio listeners who may also have tuned in this morning, and to media joining us from Torit via teleconference.
Before I introduce you to our guest speakers today, and the joint initiative they will brief on, let me just bring you up to date on a few issues.
On 28 June an IOM, UNICEF and OCHA interagency security assessment took place in Wau County, with thousands more displaced people identified as needing assistance.
Humanitarians now have access to most areas. Clusters are sending more staff and supplies.
4.3 MILLION PEOPLE NOW IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE – SIGNIFICANT INCREASE COMPARED TO THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR
HOW MANY & WHEN:
More than a third of the population in urgent need of food, agriculture and nutrition assistance amid risk of catastrophe in some parts of the country
Joint FAO-UNICEF-WFP News Release
29 June 2016, Juba - Up to 4.8 million people in South Sudan - well over one-third of the population - will be facing severe food shortages over the coming months, and the risk of a hunger catastrophe continues to threaten parts of the country, three UN agencies warned today.
June 28, 2016 (JUBA) – More than 40 people were killed and thousands displaced in the clashes that occurred in South Sudan’s town of Wau, a government official disclosed.
The country’s information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth said the death toll could rise.
“There are 39 casualties among the civilians and four among the police,” the minister told a news conference in the South Sudanese capital, Juba on Tuesday.
Situation in Numbers
46,000* People internally displaced in various places within Wau town
35,000* People internally displaced outside of Wau town
*Figures from OCHA Note: these are estimates, as registration of IDPs is yet to commence.
Funding Needs for Wau Response: US$3 million
Funding available: US$ 1,381,292
Funding gap: US$ $1,549,708
The situation in Wau is critical, with children suffering from lifethreatening malnutrition and dehydration.
Written by Kieran McConville
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The scale up of food assistance activities in response to the deteriorating food security situation has commenced in areas which have seen the most rapid decline.
WFP urgently requires USD 199 million for the PRRO and EMOP in the next six months to continue providing life-saving food and nutritional support.
WFP South Sudan received the Award for ‘Excellence in Gender Equality’ in acknowledgement of efforts taken to mainstream gender equality and women’s empowerment.
To determine whether pre-emptive oral cholera vaccination reduces disease severity and mortality in people who develop cholera during an outbreak.
Security incidents in Wau County escalated on 24 June with serious fighting in the town and significant displacement of people from their homes and communities. Local media reported a large number of casualties and extensive looting of property. On 25 June, the President relieved the Wau Governor of his position. The Government is believed to be organising a robust security response which will lead to continued fighting in the region and displace more civilians. Following last week’s violence in Raja there are growing concerns about stability across the Western Bahr e Ghazal region.
South Sudan – Relief agencies, including IOM, are providing emergency assistance to displaced populations in Wau town, South Sudan, following intense fighting on 24 and 25 June.
The violence has exacerbated existing needs, as insecurity since late 2015 has forced tens of thousands to flee their homes and left over 100,000 people in search of protection and emergency aid.