Dozens of detainees held in dire conditions in poorly ventilated metal shipping containers, fed only once or twice a week and given insufficient drinking water are at risk of death, warned Amnesty International today.
According to information obtained by the organisation, these conditions have apparently resulted in the deaths of multiple detainees at the Gorom detention site, located about 20km south of the capital Juba. Soldiers also periodically take them out of the containers and beat them.
Juba, South Sudan, 26 May 2016
The first World Humanitarian Summit on 23-24 May 2016 in Istanbul convened 9,000 participants from 173 Member States, including 55 Heads of State and Government, hundreds of private sector representatives, and thousands of people from civil society and non-governmental organizations. The United Nations in its 70 years has never come together at this scale, with this many different stakeholders, to discuss the pressing challenges that are resulting in so much human suffering today.
The combined effects of long-term conflict and the economic crisis have left South Sudan facing large-scale market dysfunction. As a result, the availability of food – especially of fresh vegetables – has been very limited.
The United Nations Human Settlement Programme, UN-Habitat is working on an accelerated program for the return of displaced persons from protection of civilian sites to their homes.
Christian Okafor, a policy advisor with UN-Habitat says the plan involves construction of decent settlements, flood support and land management programs.
Okafor says youth will also be involved in public reconstruction processes.
“We have a lot of youth and we should take advantage of those youth to support the reconstruction process,” said Okafor.
Good morning ladies and gentlemen of the media, and welcome to the United Nations weekly press briefing broadcast live on UN radio Miraya from UN House, in Juba. Also a warm welcome to our radio listeners who have tuned in and the media from Torit.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS
(Juba, 25 May 2016): The Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Eugene Owusu, has strongly condemned the tragic killing of Sister Veronika Racková, a Slovakian nun and medical doctor who was shot on 15 May 2016 in Yei, while on a humanitarian mission, and later succumbed to her wounds.
“I am deeply saddened by this senseless act and send my deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Sister Veronika Racková,” said Mr. Owusu. “I welcome steps being taken by the authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice and urge them to act swiftly.”
The US$/SSP exchange rates exhibited daily fluctuations for the better part of April 2016. The local currency gained slight ground against the USD in the intervening period of signing of the Compromise Peace Agreement in the last two weeks of April, only to resume loosing trends thereafter and was exchanging at SSP 36-39/1$ in third week of May in the black market. The persistent shortage of dollars continued to dis-incentivize imports into the country during the reporting month.
• The United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura visited South Sudan from 6 to 9 May to encourage the Government to uphold its commitments to addressing sexual violence outlined in the Joint Communique signed in October 2014 and the Unilateral Communique signed in December 2014 by the then SPLA-IO leader Dr. Riek Machar. UNICEF is supporting the Government in developing an implementation plan while continuing to work with civil society actors in prevention and response to sexual violence.
Deepening food and nutrition security, driven by high food prices and a worsening economic situation, has been widely witnessed, with Northern & Western Bahr el Ghazal and Eastern Equatoria being the main geographic areas exhibiting the most rapid decline.
WFP is scaling up its food assistance activities to reach those in need.
The Transitional Government of National Unity has been established in line with the Compromise Peace Agreement following the return and swearing in of the first Vice President, Riek Machar.
· As of 19 May 2016, the estimated number of civilians seeking safety in six Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 177,234 including 105,588 in Bentiu, 40,448 in Malakal, 27,990 in Juba UN House, 2,289 in Bor, 700 in Melut and 219 in Wau.
Refugees in Yida camp, South Sudan, continue to suffer from the lack of aid. The people who have fled from Sudan's Nuba Mountains are facing the start of the rainy season without shelter and plastic sheets.
On Monday, a number of refugees in Yida, close to the border with Sudan, told Radio Dabanga that the majority of the camp residents have been living in the open during the past days.
“They suffer from the torrential rains and the winds,” one refugee said. “The winds cause a lot of material losses. Most tents have collapsed.”
Today, the Enough Project released its latest policy brief by Founding Director John Prendergast, The Paper Tiger in South Sudan: Threats without Consequences for Atrocities and Kleptocracy.
· Food stocks are stretched and WFP requires USD 117 million for the next six months to meet the needs of new arrivals and existing refugees, particularly in Kenya, Sudan and Uganda.
· Deteriorating food and nutrition security, driven by high food prices and the declining economic situation is affecting South Sudanese across the country.
Provide Justice for Army Abuses in Western Regions
(Nairobi, May 24, 2016) – South Sudanese government soldiers have carried out a wide range of often-deadly attacks on civilians in and around the western town of Wau, Human Rights Watch said today. Soldiers have killed, tortured, raped, and detained civilians and looted and burned down homes.
Inflation: The minimum cost of food basket increased by 23 percent in the March 2016 compared to the previous month, occasioned by rapidly rising prices, thus limiting many households capacity to afford food.
Last month, WFP reached roughly 1.5 million people with food & nutrition assistance in South Sudan.
General food distributions and Food Assistance for Assets programmes help households meet food needs through lean season.
- The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) is finalising plans to provide Internet connectivity by deploying emergency.lu satellite kits in the humanitarian hubs in Leer and Koch counties.
- ETC Internet services in Bentiu have migrated fully to the Humanitarian Internet Support Service (HISP) which is a cost-shared mechanism to provide long-term Internet services to humanitarian communities in remote locations.
- The team is finalizing how to bridge the security telecommunications networks between the Interagency Network, United Nations Mission …
This week the Italian Development Cooperation (IDC) in collaboration with UNOPS announced a donation of two vehicles to the Italian NGO, Doctors with Africa, CUAMM
CUAMM has been supporting the strengthening of local health systems in South Sudan since 2007, helping to improve the delivery of basic and emergency healthcare services across the country.Dr. Dario Mariani, an IDC representative, attended the handover event in the presence of UNOPS Head of Programme, Richard Martin Schroeder, and CUAMM Deputy Country Manager, Paolo Ferrari.