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South Sudan: Monthly Market Update July 30, 2014

CURRENTSITUATION

  • Markets remain severely disrupted in Unity, Upper, Nile, and Jonglei State following the outbreak of conflict since mid-December 2013 (Figure 1).However, the intensity of the conflict in South Sudan continued to abate through June enabling some markets to restart or increase operations in the conflict-affected States including Mirmir in Koch County (Unity State), Bor (Jonglei), and the emergence of a new market near UNMISS Protection of Civilian site (PoC) in Malakal (Upper Nile).

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Food insecurity continues to deepen in South Sudan as funds dry up

Urgent assistance needed for life-saving support to farmers, fishers and pastoralists

31 July 2014, Rome – Continued efforts to provide farmers, fishers and pastoralists in South Sudan with life-saving emergency livelihood kits are at risk due to a funding shortfall, aggravating the risk of famine in some areas of the country, FAO warned today.

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In South Sudan, opposition to family planning exacerbates reproductive health needs

WAU, South Sudan – The need for reproductive health care remains overwhelming in South Sudan. Even before the current humanitarian crisis erupted in December of last year, the country had one of the highest maternal death rates in the world. And now, more than 1.1 million people internally displaced by violence, conditions have significantly deteriorated.

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Cholera claiming lives in Upper Nile State, South Sudan

Communities and displaced populations living in congested camps with poor hygiene and sanitation are at high risk of contracting cholera in South Sudan. Since the beginning of July this year, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams in Upper Nile State have treated over 904 patients for cholera. The teams have set up two cholera treatment centres in Malakal and Wau Shilluk where, they are treating cholera patients from affected areas. “Cholera is a treatable disease that can be fatal if not diagnosed and treated promptly.

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UNICEF South Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report #33, Reporting Period 23 - 29 July 2014

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  • The Executive Directors of UNICEF and WFP visited South Sudan from 24-26 June, warning that children in South Sudan cannot wait any longer before the world takes action. “The world should not wait for a famine to be announced while children here are dying each and every day,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. Nearly one million children under five years old in South Sudan will require treatment for acute malnutrition in 2014.

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IOM Transports South Sudan Cholera Patients from Remote Areas to Treatment Centres by River

The South Sudan Ministry of Health declared an outbreak of cholera on 15 May 2014 and to date over 5,176 cases of the disease have been reported throughout the country, including Upper Nile State, where an outbreak in Wau Shilluk has claimed the lives of at least 17 people.

With the high levels of mobility between the small towns and villages along the Nile River, there is a high probability that the cholera infection will quickly travel north in the coming months, according to IOM health workers on the ground.

International Organization for Migration:

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Rights body condemns “barbaric” arrest of S. Sudanese youth

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Sudan Tribune

July 29, 2014 (JUBA) – A South Sudanese human rights body has condemned last week’s arrest of youth in Northern Bahr el Ghazal state, describing the government’s move as “barbaric”.

In a statement issued Tuesday, South Sudan Human Rights Society for Advocacy (SSHURSA) said it received that a number of youth have been arrested, held and were being tortured by security agents since 26 July.

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South Sudan Situation Report #37, 29 July 2014

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  • Executive Directors of WFP and UNICEF visit South Sudan.
    Last week the Executive Directors of WFP and UNICEF jointly visited the country and went to Malakal, where they met the IDPs and the beneficiaries of some of WFP and UNICEF supported nutrition programmes. The visit highlighted the critical nutritional situation of the country, where almost 1 million children under five years old will require treatment for acute malnutrition in 2014.

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History repeating as war-torn South Sudan faces famine

07/30/2014 02:29 GMT

by Peter MARTELL

NAIROBI, July 30, 2014 (AFP) - A fly-covered baby crawls on the baked earth of southern Sudan watched by a vulture: a brutal but iconic photograph of famine that shocked the world two decades ago.

Today, aid workers warn that deadly famine will return in a matter of weeks, killing tens of thousands, as civil war in what is now South Sudan continues.

The crisis is man-made and for those who witnessed the fighting in the 1990s, it is a depressing repetition of the past, featuring the very same leaders.

Agence France-Presse:

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Malakal Now a South Sudan Ghost-town

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Voice of America

Karin Zeitvogel
Last updated on: July 28, 2014 12:06 PM

"I have never seen conditions like these in my life."

That's how World Food Program (WFP) spokeswoman Challiss McDonough described what she saw when she visited at the U.N. Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) compound in Malakal last week with WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin and UNICEF head Anthony Lake.

Around 17,000 people have sought shelter at the U.N. base in the capital of Upper Nile state that has witnessed some of the worst fighting in South Sudan's seven-month conflict.

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South Sudan says it’s ready to resume peace talks with rebels

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Sudan Tribune

July 28, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan on Monday expressed readiness to resume peace negotiations with the rebel faction of the SPLM under the leadership of the former vice-president, Riek Machar, downplaying the likely implications of recent military engagement in Upper Nile and Jonglei states.

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) announced last week the resumption of peace talks on 30 July, one month after a sudden decision by the mediators to suspend the talks as the rebels protested the “unfair” selection of civil society representatives.

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Republic of South Sudan - ETC Situation Report #54 Reporting period 14/07/14 to 27/07/14

Highlights

  • Shared internet connectivity services are being provided to the humanitarian community from nine ETC hubs and six partner sites across South Sudan.

  • ETC equipment in Bentiu has been upgraded to provide more robust services for the humanitarian community operating there.

  • ETC equipment in Malakal has been relocated from the UNMISS camp to the new humanitarian hub.
    Equipment was upgraded to increase capacity of the system.

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More Positive Stories Needed: HIV in Countries with Low ARV Therapy Coverage

By Cecilia Ferreyra, MSF HIV & TB Technical Advisor

More than 24 million people living with HIV; 9 million people on antiretroviral treatment (ART); 1.5 million new infections; 1.1 million deaths from AIDS-related causes. These are some of the data just released by UNAIDS on HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa in 2013, by far the area of ​​the world hardest-hit by the virus. But, in this broad area covering nearly the entire continent, we see very different realities.

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Perceptions of Security in Aweil North County, South Sudan

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Stimson Center

The recent crisis in South Sudan highlights the importance of research on how civilians can and should be protected from deliberate violence. In December 2013, fighting broke out across South Sudan between government forces led by President Salva Kiir and opposition forces led by former Vice President Riek Machar. From its inception, the conflict has been characterized by widespread deliberate violence against civilians.