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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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

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

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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.

13 Dec 2017 description

Refugees and IDPs received nonfood items assistance from UNHCR across South Sudan in November 2017.

New arrivals registered in South Sudan in November 2017.

Refugees’ children received Vitamin A in Upper Nile in November 2017

Working with Partners

■ UNHCR works closely with the Government of South Sudan to deliver assistance and protection services to refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).

13 Dec 2017 description
infographic REACH Initiative


Renk Town is located in Renk County, Upper Nile State, near South Sudan’s border with Sudan. Since independance in 2011, Renk has become a major destination and transit point for returnees from Sudan and, since the beginning of the current conflict in 2013, for internally displaced persons (IDPs) fleeing conflict in Upper Nile State.

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.