USG announces nearly $138 million in additional humanitarian funding for South Sudan
Security situation in Juba remains calm following armed clashes in early July
Humanitarian organizations respond to IDP needs in Juba, Wau
• On World Humanitarian Day, humanitarian community pays tribute to 59 aid workers killed in South Sudan since December 2013.
• Armed clashes and ambushes prevent humanitarians from reaching displaced people in Greater Equatoria.
• Humanitarian organizations strive to meet growing needs as the number of internally displaced people increases in Wau town.
• Intermittent fighting has forced thousands of people to flee their homes in central and southern Unity.
The Secretary-General today announced the appointment of Major General (retired) Patrick Cammaert of the Netherlands to lead an independent special investigation into the violence in Juba, South Sudan, in July 2016, and the response of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
South Sudanese arrivals since 8 July 2016, based on field reports (as of 14 Aug)
Total South Sudanese refugees as of 14 Aug (both pre and post Dec 2013 caseload and new arrivals)
Total South Sudanese expected by 31 December 2016 (RRP Planning Figure)
Refugees in South Sudan
Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in South Sudan
FUNDING (as of 02 August)
South Sudan - USAID’s Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) has contributed an additional USD 17 million to support IOM’s emergency operations across South Sudan, where more than 6.1 million people are in need of humanitarian aid.
With USAID’s support, IOM will continue and expand lifesaving aid operations for more than 605,300 displaced and vulnerable individuals at the UN protection of civilians (PoC) sites in Bentiu and Malakal, as well as in Renk and other high-need locations.
A total of 90 access incidents were documented in July, the highest recorded since June 2015. July saw a substantial rise in incidents of active hostilities attributed to state security forces and other armed actors across the country, from four in June to 14 in July. In July, most access incidents were documented in Juba, followed by Unity, Lakes, Western Bahr el Ghazal, Jonglei, Eastern Equatoria, Upper Nile, Warrap, Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Western Equatoria respectively.
IMPACT ON HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE
As of the 15th of August 2016, the total number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the UN Mission in South Sudan’s Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Bentiu was 94,827. The first August 2016 population count was held in Bentiu PoC from the 13 - 15 Aug 2016. Compared to the previous count conducted in end July, the population decreased from 99,937 individuals to 94,827 individuals. The drop in IDP population figure may be attributed to the relatively calm situation in central Unity state.
The failure of UNMISS in South Sudan is a blow for international peace
By Sam Oakford
The bitter criticism heaped on UN peacekeepers in South Sudan this month over their failure to act to protect civilians and humanitarian workers is sadly nothing new. But it is now raising an urgent question: is the UN’s peacekeeping system fit for purpose?
• Completeness for weekly reporting was 39% for the nonconflictaffected states and 57% for the IDP sites.
• Malaria is the top cause of morbidity in IDPs and nonconflict-affected areas.
• Malaria cases in nine states [Twic, Gogrial, Tonj, Rumbek, Western Lake, Eastern Lake, Aweil, Aweil East, and Lol] exceeded expected levels in the week.
• At least 36 counties countrywide have registered increasing and/or more than expected levels of malaria cases.
UNMISS “Protection of Civilians” (PoC) Sites
- As of 18 August 2016, the estimated number of civilians seeking safety in six Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 196,961 including 99,9376 in Bentiu, 32,719 in Malakal, 35,749 in Juba UN House, 3,546 in Juba Tomping, 2,004 in Bor, 700 in Melut and 219 in Wau, AA 22,087.
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Secretary of State John Kerry announced nearly $138 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help the South Sudanese people who have suffered through almost three years of brutal fighting. This additional funding brings the total U.S. humanitarian contribution to more than $1.7 billion since the conflict began in December 2013.
• The top morbidities at the three clinics were malaria (2,245) and Upper Respiratory Tract Infection (845). An increase in acute watery diarrhea was reported during the week, this will be monitored by IOM to identify the source.
• Routine vaccination is ongoing, with 242 children provided with vaccinations during the last 7 days.
• Over the last 7 days, there were 25 assisted deliveries at the Cathedral and SSRC sites, with 46 individuals provided with prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV counselling and testing services.
•Camp management conducts population count at UN House PoC site
•IOM improves access to water in Wau south
•More than 80,200 people remain displaced in Wau
IOM teams continue humanitarian activities across South Sudan, where more than 6.1 million people are in need of assistance. Since December 2013, the crisis has displaced 2.3 million people, including 751,400 who have fled to neighbouring countries and more than 1.61 million others who remain internally displaced.
by Daniel Majack
JUBA, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- A China-built secondary school in South Sudan's capital Juba has helped kept the aspirations of students despite the uneasy environment in the war-torn nation.
The China Friendship School, which was constructed in 2013 by a Chinese company, currently accommodates over 2,000 students.
Solomon Michael Abas, a 17-year-old Form Three student, said he feels encouraged by the good learning facilities he enjoys at the school.
JUBA, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- China has pledged 10 million U.S. dollars aid to help South Sudan respond to humanitarian needs.
Chinese Ambassador to South Sudan Ma Qiang told Xinhua late Saturday the funds will be used to purchase food and non-food items in an effort to immediately rescue lives of thousands in dire humanitarian condition.
Ma said people of South Sudan are at critical humanitarian assistance aggravated by the recent fighting that has forced nearly 1 million people to flee their country to seek refuge in the neighboring countries.
More than 50% of the 240 children identified as missing, separated, or unaccompanied since the start of the Juba crisis have been successfully reunited with their families.
407 cholera cases have been treated at UNICEF-supported Oral Rehydration Points, with 100 cases referred to the Cholera Treatment Centre (CTC) for further treatment.
Schools in UN House are operating normally; 3,016 children (46% girls) attended classes at Hope Primary School on 16 August. However, lack of space remains an issue in Tomping.
1.61 million internally displaced people (OCHA estimates)
751,397 South Sudanese refugees (UNHCR estimates)
169,418 people seeking shelter with the UN (UNMISS estimates)
4.8 million people in emergency or crisis level food insecurity
Inflation rate hits historic high of 661.3% year-on-year
Airdrops out of Ethiopia commence, accelerating the pace of deliveries to Unity and Northern Bahr el Ghazal
Analysis with WorldView-3 Data Acquired 18 August 2016 and WorldView-1 Data Acquired 27 June 2016