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14 Dec 2017 description

Juba, 11 December 2017: With the aim to achieve the target of zero transmission, the South Sudan Guinea Worm Eradication Programme (SSGWEP) was established in 2006 with 20 581 cases reported from 3 320 endemic villages. In November 2017, the country celebrated its first full year with no indigenous cases of the disease.

‘A terrible itching, blister formation and emergence of a long worm are the first signs and symptom of Guinea worm disease,’ says Mr Evans Liyosi, WHO Representative a.i. for South Sudan.

14 Dec 2017 description
report Mercy Corps

Global organization Mercy Corps calls for urgent cease-fire

JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN – On the fourth anniversary of the start of the conflict in South Sudan, Mercy Corps is calling for an immediate cease-fire, which the global organization says is urgently needed to save lives in the country.

In four short years, four million civilians out of a population of 12 million have been forced to flee their homes, with 2.1 million made refugees in other countries in what is now Africa’s largest refugee crisis.

14 Dec 2017 description
report CGIAR

This is post is part of our climate campaign in Africa. The story has appeared in several news outlets including Associated Press, the New York Times and others.

Earlier this year, South Sudan fell victim to the first famine declared since 2011. Almost six million people are still at risk of starvation. Over 1 million displaced Sudanese are migrating to neighbouring northern Uganda, where they stay in camps for internally displaced people fleeing conflict.

14 Dec 2017 description
report REACH Initiative

Introduction

Following the outbreak of violence in Juba in July 2016, the South Sudanese civil war spread from its historic epicentre in Greater Upper Nile to Greater Equatoria (Central, Eastern and Western Equatoria states). Insecurity caused widespread displacement and rendered much of Greater Equatoria largely inaccessible to humanitarian actors. As a result, only limited information is available on the humanitarian situation outside of major displacement sites.

14 Dec 2017 description

JANET ADONGO

A new team of community leaders has been elected to the Peace and Security Council (PSC) at the Protection of Civilians site next to the United Nations base in Malakal, in the Upper Nile region of South Sudan.

The team is responsible for representing the nearly 25,000 internally displaced people who’ve sought sanctuary at the site and ensuring they live peacefully with each other. Of the 41 elected officials, 12 are women, including a new female Treasurer.

14 Dec 2017 description

ZENEBE TEKLEWOLD

Victims of human rights violations and abuses committed during the South Sudanese civil war should not lose hope that the perpetrators will be held accountable, says the chair of the Human Rights Commission in South Sudan, Yasmin Sooka.

14 Dec 2017 description

Juba 11 December 2017: In South Sudan, cholera continues to hit communities already made vulnerable by disasters such as conflict and hunger catastrophe.

In 2017, South Sudan braced the most protracted and biggest cholera outbreak. The outbreak was first detected in July 2016 and since then over 21 000 cholera cases and 462 deaths (CFR 2.14%) have been reported from 27 Counties countrywide.

14 Dec 2017 description

JAMES SOKIRI

A wide spectrum of youth living in Yei are exploring ways to end ethnic division and build unity in a forum to promote peace in the south-western region of South Sudan.

Organized under the theme “promoting peace, social cohesion and peaceful co-existence”, the forum has been organized by the Civil Affairs division of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan in collaboration with a local faith-based group, Augustine Family Organization.

14 Dec 2017 description

JAMES SOKIRI

Army officers serving in the troubled Yei region are being urged to respect the rights of children so that South Sudan can be removed from the international list of countries that recruit and use child soldiers.

14 Dec 2017 description

EDWARD BENJAMIN KARGBO

Internally displaced people living in the United Nations protection site in Bentiu are claiming back their human rights.

A workshop organized by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan and partner organizations for women who have sought sanctuary in the protection site in the Unity region is equipping the women with knowledge of their basic human rights.

Mary Nyanyok Wuar, a leader for a woman’s group in the UN protection site, said the training has taught them a lot about human rights and domestic violence.

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Highlights
- WFP aid convoy from El Obeid reaches Aweil in South Sudan bringing food for 30,000 people.
- In Sudan, malaria cases have fallen since a spike of 1.2 million in 2014 to nearly 900,000 this year.
- Food security improves throughout most of the country, due to good harvests, FEWS NET.
- In East Jebel Marra locality, about 4,000 children under five receive routine vaccines.
- UN SC Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict commends government efforts to ensure no child is recruited in the armed forces.

14 Dec 2017 description
report Insecurity Insight

This monthly digest comprises threats and incidents of violence affecting the delivery of humanitarian assistance. It is prepared by Insecurity Insight from information available in open sources.

Global

13 November 2017: Save the Children announced that it had fired 16 staff over reports of sexual violence in the past year. Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

14 Dec 2017 description

Executive summary

This report looks at progress made on policy and practical responses to climate-security risks for 2016-2017. Using the independent G7 commissioned report A New Climate for Peace as a basis, and building on last year’s report, Towards A Global Resilience Agenda, this year’s report sets out the key achievements, pitfalls and new challenges facing the foreign policy community working to reduce climate-fragility risks.

14 Dec 2017 description
  • No new cases of acute watery diarrhea (AWD) among refugees since September.

  • 7,000 refugees have arrived in North Kordofan since July, as confirmed by UNHCR following recent mission.

  • Over 4,600 refugees arrive in South Darfur. Relocation from Kafia Kinji to El Radom has begun.

Key Developments

14 Dec 2017 description
  • Total number of refugees* 812,594
  • Pre-Dec 2013 refugees 352,462
  • Post-Dec 2013 refugees 460,132
  • Total arrivals in 2017 191,861
  • Total arrivals in Nov 2017 5,859

*UNHCR and COR have amended official population statistics to include South Sudanese living in Sudan prior to December 2013, when conflict broke out in South Sudan. The Government of Sudan considers this population as refugees

14 Dec 2017 description

UK government announces £52 million humanitarian package for the people of South Sudan as peace talks begin.

From: Department for International Development and Rory Stewart OBE MP

Minister for Africa Rory Stewart has announced an additional £52 million humanitarian package to help the communities – including refugees and internally displaced people – impacted by the ongoing conflict in South Sudan.

13 Dec 2017 description

If you would like to arrange an interview, please contact :
Michelle Delaney | Sr. Media Adviser, Norwegian Refugee Council | Oslo | Mobile: +47 941 65 579 | Email: michelle.delaney@nrc.no

The past twelve months have seen a sharp rise in the number of people fleeing their homes and in urgent need of emergency food assistance. The conflict continues to take a heavy toll on civilians.

13 Dec 2017 description

The Troika calls on all parties to participate in the upcoming South Sudan peace talks.