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12 Oct 2017 description

OVERVIEW

In September, humanitarian organizations continued to experience a growing number of impediments in accessing conflict-affected people in many locations in South Sudan. 101 access incidents were reported by partners. About 65 per cent of the incidents involved violence against humanitarian personnel and assets.

12 Oct 2017 description

In September, fighting and insecurity continued to force civilians out of their homes, particularly in Unity and Upper Nile. Many of those had been displaced several times in recent months. In Unity, fighting and insecurity in Koch, Mayendit, and Rubkona counties forced the relocation of aid workers, suspension of food distribution and medical evacuation of civilians. In Upper Nile, fighting in and around Aburoc, on the western bank of the River Nile, on 11 September, reportedly led to civilian deaths, displacement and forced the temporary relocation of aid workers.

12 Oct 2017 description

Numerous countries in Africa are facing conflict, drought, food shortages and widespread displacement. The UN estimates millions of people are on the verge of starvation in Southern and Eastern Africa.

In September 2017, Australia provided $20 million to support international relief efforts in Somalia and South Sudan. This is in addition to the $19.3 million of humanitarian assistance provided to South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Nigeria and Kenya in May 2017.

11 Oct 2017 description

This brief summarizes FEWS NET’s most forward-looking analysis of projected emergency food assistance needs in FEWS NET coverage countries. The projected size of each country’s acutely food insecure population (IPC Phase 3 and higher) is compared to last year and the recent five-year average and categorized as Higher (p), Similar (u), or Lower (q). Countries where external emergency food assistance needs are anticipated are identified. Projected lean season months highlighted in red indicate either an early start or an extension to the typical lean season.

11 Oct 2017 description

It is often said in the humanitarian field that the success of a response hinges on logistics. If First Responders can’t reach those in greatest need with the right supplies, we fall short on our key mission: to save lives and relieve suffering in the world’s toughest environments. International Medical Corps Roving Logistics Coordinator John Mbusa shares his experiences of working quietly, but efficiently, far from the limelight to fight famine in two conflict-torn countries—Nigeria and South Sudan.

11 Oct 2017 description
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Highlights

  • 1,355,764 refugees are being hosted by Uganda as of end August. 61 percent of the refugees are children under 18 years of age and 82 percent are women and children. Of the total, 1,021,903 people are refugees from South Sudan.

  • The second rainy season reached its peak in the month of September in most parts of the country causing destructive flooding, landslides, wind and hailstorms affecting plantations, crops and displacing people in the 13 affected districts.

11 Oct 2017 description

The "List of Shame": Children and Armed Conflict

Last Thursday, 5 October, the UN Secretary-General’s annual report on children and armed conflict was presented to the UN Security Council. Many of the grave violations outlined within the report - including the recruitment of child soldiers, targeting of civilian infrastructure, and indiscriminate use of weapons in civilian areas - constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity.

11 Oct 2017 description

ABOUT RETS:
In situations where people have been forced to flee, the Refugee Emergency Telecommunications Sector (RETS) provides vital communications to UNHCR, its partners and the extended humanitarian community. There are currently 290+ users from UNHCR, partners and the wider humanitarian community.

EMERGENCY LEVEL:
UNHCR Level 3 Emergency

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HIGHLIGHTS

• UN Country Team welcomes the lifting of US economic sanctions against Sudan.

• In West Darfur, over 13,000 return to their home areas in Sirba and Kulbus localities.

• October harvests will maintain or improve acute food insecurity to Minimal or Stressed levels between October 2017 and January 2018 - FEWS NET.

• AWD cases have reached over 35,000—including 800 related deaths.

FIGURES 2017

No. people in need in Sudan (2017 HNO) - 4.8 million

11 Oct 2017 description
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Situation and Needs of Children in South Sudan

UNICEF works in South Sudan with over 137 partners (including both CSO and Govt) to provide nutrition, health, WASH, education and child protection services, with priority to live saving interventions for the population most affected by the humanitarian crisis.