More than 20 million people in four countries are on the brink of famine. 'We are facing the worst humanitarian catastrophe in the history of the UN. Nearly 1.4 million children are at risk of starving to death. Norway is therefore increasing its support for life-saving emergency aid and food security to a total of NOK 673 million,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
Humanitarian Coordinator demands perpetrators of attacks against aid workers be held to account.
Aid organizations are working to scale up the famine response in central and southern Unity.
Fighting and insecurity across the Equatorias continue to uproot tens of thousands of civilians.
Thousands of people remain displaced following clashes in Jonglei, which resulted in killings, destruction, gender-based violence and recruitment of child soldiers.
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NEW YORK/DAKAR/NAIROBI/AMMAN, 28 March 2017 – More than a month after famine was declared in South Sudan, time is running out for more than a million children as drought and armed conflict devastate lives in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, UNICEF said today.
A total of 14 counties in 9 (28%) of 32 states countrywide have confirmed cholera outbreaks (Table 1; Figure 1.0). During week 12 of 2017, 11 samples from Mingkaman (8), Bor (2), and Juba (1) tested positive for Vibrio cholerae (Table 3). Cumulatively, 198 (37%) samples have tested positive for Vibrio Cholerae inaba in the National Public Health Laboratory as of 24 March 2017 (Table 3).
During its informal consultations on 21 March 2017, the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 2206 (2015) concerning South Sudan was briefed by Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, and Zainab Hawa Bangura, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict.
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Ghanaian peacekeeping troops (GHANBATT) serving under the UN Mission in South Sudan are providing desperately needed medical services to the local population in Leer County in Southern Unity state.
Health facilities in the region have been subject to looting during the on-going conflict. In addition, several local health partners were evacuated, leaving the county without a functioning health facility to provide basic services.
Distributions through mobile teams in Leer County and the broader Greater Upper Nile continue, as WFP also prepares for a seasonal relief scale-up in Northern Bahr El Ghazal and Eastern Equatoria states.
Market price monitoring highlights dramatic increases in food prices. In January 2017, a food basket in Juba cost five times as much as the year before.
WFP has completed 20 percent of its commodity prepositioning plan in preparation for the rainy season.
Press release 56/2017 27 March 2017
By decision of Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Kai Mykkänen, Finland’s humanitarian aid will amount to EUR 61.4 million, of which approximately EUR 20 million will be channelled to the famine-hit countries in the Horn of Africa and to Nigeria and Yemen.
Humanitarian Needs & Key Figures
The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) is warning that six million school children in East Africa will have their education disrupted if funds aren’t raised and aid fails to be delivered.
On Wednesday, the DEC, made up of 13 leading UK aid agencies, launched its East Africa Crisis Appeal to raise money for the 16 million people in South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya who are at risk of starvation. Today the committee is highlighting the devastating impact drought and famine is having on children and their education.
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Over thirty senior military officers from former armed groups in Western Equatoria have attended an UNMISS-led two-day training in Yambio on protection of children and vulnerable groups during armed conflict.
Koliab Nahataba, the UNMISS Head of Field Office in Western Equatoria, said that the training is very important for armed personnel in order to acquire the necessary knowledge to end grave violations against vulnerable groups in conflict situations.
DEC East Africa appeal reaches £36 million The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal for East Africa has raised more than £36 million in 11 days. Donations continue to pour in from the UK public, with over 3m from Scotland, more than 1m from Wales and almost £800 thousand from Northern Ireland. Prolonged drought and conflict have left 16 million people across East Africa on the brink of starvation and in urgent need of food, water and medical treatment.
By Joe English
It’s now more than a month since famine was declared in parts of South Sudan. For children in the world’s youngest country, the worsening food crisis comes at a time when they already face countless challenges on a daily basis.
Key facts on the 4 countries:
20m people facing risk of famine
1.4m children are severely malnourished
US$1.2bn needed by WFP for next 6 months
Scaling up to avert possible famine requires:
Integrated response with all partners
"Responding to the appeal made by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, we have arranged, through Italian Cooperation, a package of humanitarian aid worth 10 million euros in response to the very serious food crisis that is endangering the survival of 20 million people in Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia, including 1.4 million children under 5 with acute malnutrition problems".
• Above-average harvest reduces food insecurity levels across Sudan
• GoS implements revised humanitarian directives to facilitate relief operations
• Humanitarian actors report improved access in Jebel Marra region
• Relief agencies coordinate to support influx of South Sudanese refugees
The USAID Promoting Resiliency through Ongoing Participatory Engagement and Learning (PROPEL) program, implemented by Global Communities and Catholic Relief Services, is bringing together communities and strengthening their capacity to drive their own development through harnessing their own resources and supporting the implemention projects that address priority needs.
Human Rights Council
24 March 2017
Council Adopts 13 Resolutions, Extends Mandates on Iran, Myanmar, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, South Sudan, Freedom of Opinion and Expression, Torture and Migrants