Nearly seven months after the UN issued an urgent call for action to counter the threat of famine in South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen, global efforts have kept that crisis at bay but many are dying, UNSG warned.
Humanitarian partners continue to deliver basic food assistance, shelter, water, emergency latrines, psychosocial support and informal education, but gaps remain enormous and urgent.
The sheer scale of the refugee influx from September 2016 quickly filled the existing camps in the Gambella region to capacity and forced the Government and UNHCR to open new camps.
On 7 September, the UN Migration Agency transported the first group of 301 refugees to transit centres in Burundi. The second phase of the return assistance is expected to start in November.