Mr. President, Members of the Council,
Thank you for the opportunity to brief the Council on the situation in South Sudan and the deployment of the Regional Protection Force.
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The national dialogue just launched in South Sudan by President Salva Kiir would only be credible if opposition groups genuinely participated, the senior United Nations official in that country said today, as he briefed the Security Council on the significant military, humanitarian and political challenges facing that nation.
The U.S. is deeply concerned about the famine in South Sudan, as well as the risk of famine in northeastern Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen. We are one of the largest donors of humanitarian assistance for the people of these countries and will continue to work with other international donors to provide the life-saving aid needed to avert famine and help people in need.
Despite the August 2015 peace agreement, ongoing armed conflict in South Sudan poses a direct threat to populations who are being targeted on the basis of ethnicity and presumed political loyalties.
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The Security Council today renewed until 31 May 2018 a raft of sanctions, including a travel ban and asset freeze imposed by resolution 2206 (2015) on those designated to be blocking peace, security and stability in South Sudan.
FAO's Graziano da Silva and WFP's Beasley call for urgent peace
24 May 2017, Juba, South Sudan - All parties to the conflict in South Sudan must cease violence and work together to ensure that food and other lifesaving support can reach people to end famine and severe hunger, the heads of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said yesterday.
An agreement to cease hostilities has been signed by two warring communities from the Jonglei and Boma regions in South Sudan in an attempt to end ongoing violence, including child abductions and cattle raiding.
The cessation of hostilities agreement comes in the wake of long-standing intercommunal tension and a deteriorating relationship since the violation of a peace agreement signed in December 2016.
Hot, dry air blows in our faces as soon as the door of the plane opens. We’ve just landed on a small airstrip in an area where famine was recently declared by the UN.
I look around. The soil has deep cracks and the fields look yellow. I don’t see any crops, or even the remains of crops. Due to repeated displacement, people were unable to plant their crops; the few who did plant lost their harvest due to floods.
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State authorities in South Sudan closed part of their border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo last week in an effort to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola outbreak, declared by the World Health Organization in a remote, northern part of the DRC two weeks ago.
The WHO has confirmed that four people have died from the disease in the DRC. Lino Utu, deputy governor of Tambura state, said the movement of people and goods between the two countries at the border town of Ezo had been restricted until further notice.
G7 leaders meeting in Taormina, Sicily, on 26-7 May should take the lead in fighting famine and immediately fund nearly half ($2.9 billion) of the UN’s urgent appeal to avoid catastrophic hunger and more deaths, Oxfam urged today. Without an immediate and sweeping response, this crisis will spiral out of control and cost more lives.
South Sudanese arrivals in 2017, based on field reports as of 30 April
Total South Sudanese refugees as of 30 April 2017 (pre and post Dec 2013 caseload and new arrivals)
Refugees in South Sudan (30 April)
Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in South Sudan, including 223,895 people in UNMISS Protection of Civilians site
With no sign of a political deal with rebels it is unclear whether a truce will take hold
JUBA, May 22 (Reuters) - The president of war-ravaged South Sudan declared a unilateral ceasefire on Monday and promised to release political prisoners, but with no sign of a political deal with rebels it was not clear whether a truce would take hold.
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The International Rescue Committee predicts imminent famine in Somalia, Yemen, and northeastern Nigeria
The IRC scales up emergency response across the region, calls for urgent increases in funding
New York, NY, March 11, 2017 — The International Rescue Committee today described looming famines facing Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria, as well as the already declared famine in South Sudan, as a “catastrophe that has already arrived.”
Famine has been declared in South Sudan, and is looming in Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen. Here's what you need to know and how you can help.
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