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13 Dec 2017 description

Marking four years since the outbreak of South Sudan’s civil war, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi today appealed for urgent action by all sides to settle the conflict and put an end to the country’s deepening humanitarian crisis and Africa’s largest refugee crisis.

“The world cannot continue to stand by as the people of South Sudan are terrorized by a senseless war,” the head of the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, said. Grandi declared that the devastating effects of the fighting were a direct consequence of tragic failures in political leadership.

13 Dec 2017 description
report Sudan Tribune

December 12, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan is closer to eradicating the guinea worm disease in the country, top officials said on Tuesday.

Speaking at a guinea worn eradication evaluation symposium in the capital, Juba, First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai emphasised the need to strengthen existing mechanisms to prevent the disease from resurfacing since the country registered no case in the last one year.

13 Dec 2017 description
report Sudan Tribune

December 12, 2017 (JUBA) - More than 170 people died in the last week in clashes between two sub-clans in South Sudan, a Member of Parliament said Tuesday.

The violence in the Western Lakes state has also seen more than 200 people injured, local MP Dharuai Mabor Teny was quoted saying.

The violent clashes reportedly involved mainly armed youths from two rival Dinka sub-clans, who first clashed on Wednesday last week.

13 Dec 2017 description

Examinations for students transitioning from primary to secondary school have kicked off in South Sudan with more than 40,000 taking part across the country.

In the capital Juba, 640 students from five primary schools in the United Nations Protection of Civilians site near the UN base are among those who will take the examinations.

13 Dec 2017 description

Soccer stars are usually driven by a desire to compete, but in a special match in South Sudan’s capital on Human Rights Day, they used their shared passion for sport to come together in unity.

The football match was one of a number of events on the day, including cultural and traditional performances, promoting the need for greater respect for human rights in a country where there have been many violations and abuses during the four-year civil war.

The Chair of the South Sudan Human Rights Commission, Nyuol Justin Yaac said many people were suffering as a result.

13 Dec 2017 description

Two victims of a wildfire are receiving life-saving medical attention at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan hospital in Bor, in the Jonglei region of South Sudan.

The two women, who suffered third-degree burns, were caught in the wildfire while collecting grass to thatch their roofs in Kolnyang village.

Mathew Magok, a close relative of one of the victims, thanked the Sri Lankan peacekeepers for the “lifesaving interventions”.

“We are trying to cope with the situation. UNMISS has done its part. They gave us some medicine,” said Magok.

13 Dec 2017 description

IOM conducted flow monitoring at various cross border points, transit areas, PoCs, and IDP Collective sites across South Sudan. Flow monitoring captures the movement dynamics of the displaced population in the country. 1,967 individuals were recorded transiting through the three Flow Monitoring points in Juba City (Gumbo Park, Customs Park & Juba Port), while 932 individuals were recorded transiting through the Flow Monitoring point in Old Fangak Port and 584 were recorded transiting in and out of the PoC in Abyei Amiet Park.

13 Dec 2017 description

(Juba, 13 December 2017): The humanitarian community in South Sudan has today launched an appeal for US$1.72 billion to provide critical and life-saving assistance to 6 million people affected by conflict, displacement, hunger and a deteriorating economy.

“There is growing need for humanitarian assistance with displacement, food insecurity, malnutrition, violence and economic decline taking a toll on the health, safety and livelihoods of people in need,” said Alain Noudéhou, the Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan.

13 Dec 2017 description

A small community in Kidepo Valley in the Eastern Equatorian region of South Sudan has formed a Community Peace Committee in an effort to stop cattle rustling as well as fighting among residents over grazing land and water points.

In an area where revenge killings and attacks were becoming increasingly common, UNMISS Field Office in Torit together with the Eastern Bank Adolescent Group Organization facilitated a one-day peace dialogue and two days of conflict management training to help promote peace in the area.

12 Dec 2017 description

Indian veterinarians have carried out a special camp to help local farmers and cattle breeders prevent disease and raise healthy livestock in Malakal, northern South Sudan.

The veterinarians, serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, have been running similar camps across the region and noticed during patrols to Malakal town that many animals required urgent medical assistance.

12 Dec 2017 description

OVERVIEW OF THE CRISIS

As the conflict in South Sudan enters its fifth year in 2018, the humanitarian crisis has continued to intensify and expand due to the compounding effects of widespread violence and the deteriorating economic situation.

12 Dec 2017 description

Addis Ababa, 12 December 2017 – The traditional image of refugees in sprawling rural settlements and camps no long accurately depicts the reality of today’s refugee situation. With more than half of the world’s refugees living in cities and urban areas, the refugee experience itself has changed in many ways. The life of a forced migrant in an urban environment is often one invisibility and simultaneous exposure. Urban refugees and asylum seekers constantly face protection risks and are often denied access to basic services, exposing them to unique social vulnerabilities.

12 Dec 2017 description

FRANCESCA MOLD

Engineers serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan have begun a major road rehabilitation programme to improve security, enable traders and humanitarians to get food and aid to needy communities, and to build peace.

At a press conference in the capital Juba, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, David Shearer, unveiled the plan, which will involve repairing 2350 kilometers of road – double the work completed last year.

12 Dec 2017 description

OVERVIEW

November was the most dangerous month for humanitarian workers in South Sudan since December 2013, with nine killed, including six in Duk, Jonglei, one in Ikotos, Eastern Equatoria and two in Awerial, Lakes. A total of 103 humanitarian access incidents were reported in November, compared to 116 in October. Six security incidents forced the suspension of aid activities in different locations. During the month, local authorities in various locations continued to demand involvement in NGO staff recruitment and procurement processes.

12 Dec 2017 description

In November, fighting between armed forces was reported in Yei, Kajo-Keji and Lainya County (Central Equatoria), Torit County (Eastern Equatoria), Mundri area (Western Equatoria), Ayod County (Jonglei), and Mayendit and Rubkona County (Unity). As a result, many civilians were displaced in different locations, including 17,300 in Kajo-Keji County, who were forced to flee IDP camps to other parts of Central Equatoria and Uganda. Intercommunal violence in Duk County (Jonglei), left 45 people dead and displaced over 2,000 people from Duk Payuel to Poktap.

12 Dec 2017 description
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Situation and Needs of Children in South Sudan

12 Dec 2017 description

Violence prompted the government to declare a three-month state of emergency in the region and surrounding areas on Monday

JUBA, Dec 12 (Reuters) - The death toll from inter-clan fighting in South Sudan's Great Lakes region last week - a new source of violence in a country devastated by a four-year civil war - has reached at least 170, officials said on Tuesday.

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