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02 Oct 2017 description

A review of recent humanitarian interventions that support local markets in emergency contexts revealed a limited scope and breadth of this type of activity. While many agencies show good creativity and understanding of market systems in emergencies, most activities are in the form of small grants to traders, to help them recover and to facilitate access to markets for disaster-affected communities. Such support includes small and large, formal and informal traders, but does not often go beyond grants, although sometimes trainings and other “soft support” are provided.

03 Jul 2017 description


The year 2015 marked the 10th anniversary of the Global Shelter Cluster, the inter-agency coordination mechanism for shelter response. During these ten years, coordination has improved in consistency, shelter responses have grown in scale, and there are more people with experience in shelter programming, but people continue to lose their dwellings and be displaced due to conflict and natural disasters. Global humanitarian shelter needs continue to greatly exceed the capacity and resources to respond.

09 Mar 2017 description

Tom Price (Baltimore) (443) 951-7245
Nancy McNally (Nairobi)
(254) 739354230

New Report Finds People Surviving On Wild Food; Acute Malnutrition in Children

03 Mar 2017 description

BALTIMORE, MD/NAIROBI, February 27, 2017 – Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is mounting an emergency response to assist some of the 23 million people facing hunger in South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia.

A combination of violence, insecurity and weather upheavals made increasingly worse by climate change has brought on this crisis to East Africa, with some areas of South Sudan now facing a famine. In Somalia, the hunger crisis has reached a new high, with millions of people on the brink of famine.

20 Feb 2017 description


  • Populations covered by the assessment are facing high levels of food insecurity, and an estimated 85,000 people are in immediate need of food assistance. Of those, 60,000 are from host families and 25,000 are internally displaced people (IDP);

  • Most households consume only one meal per day, composed entirely of wild foods;

  • No market exists in any of the locations where the rapid assessment took place; the nearest market where food is available is two to three-day walk;

26 Oct 2015 description

Climate change is being held largely to blame for two consecutive seasons of failed and erratic rains in 2015. Catholic Relief Services is supporting efforts to manage the crisis, but is urging preparedness as the El Niño weather disturbance could mean more lost harvests well into 2016.

29 Jul 2015 description

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is assisting thousands of South Sudanese forced to leave the homes that sheltered them and the fields that fed them as a result of almost two years of violent conflict. While providing emergency food, shelter and access to safe drinking water, CRS’ critical long-term development work in areas not affected by the violence also continues.

11 Mar 2015 description

This IRNA Report is a product of Inter-Agency Assessment mission conducted and information compiled based on the inputs provided by partners on the ground including; government authorities, affected communities/IDPs and agencies.

Situation overview

05 Oct 2014 description
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From Crisis to Catastrophe - Summary

Aid agencies warn of famine next year as upsurge in fighting imminent

Agencies fear recent improvements will be wiped out as the number of severely hungry people will rise by 1 million in first three months of 2015

A group of leading aid agencies warned today that parts of South Sudan – already the world’s worse food crisis – could fall into famine early next year if the nine-month long conflict escalates as expected.

26 Sep 2014 description

By Brigid O’Connor

Heavy rains coupled with lack of road networks have made large swaths of South Sudan inaccessible. So we are forced to air lift food, a costly necessity to curb the looming food crisis that threatens to take more lives than the Somali famine of 2011. Catholic Relief Services has teamed up with the World Food Program (WFP) to air lift 7,000 metric tons of food to feed more than 100,000 people in Jonglei State over the next few months.

12 May 2014 description

Juba, 12 May 2014 – On 20 May 2014, the international community will convene in Oslo, Norway, to discuss how to address the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan. In just under five months since fighting erupted, the situation in South Sudan has deteriorated severely, causing 1.3 million people to flee from their homes, including an estimated 300,000 to neighboring countries. Over 4 million people, including over 2.5 million children, are extremely vulnerable to food insecurity, as people have been displaced from their sources of survival. This crisis is worsening on a daily basis.

10 Apr 2014 description

By Edward Hoyt

In South Sudan, the world’s youngest country is unravelling after a wave of politically motivated violence swept across Juba in December 2013. Fighting has taken on ethnic dimensions, forcing civilians to flee. At least 1 million people have been displaced, and towns are in ruins.


21 Feb 2014 description

The fighting in South Sudan has displaced 716,100 people – and with a fragile peace agreement in place – there are serious concerns that people will not be able to return to their home to plant before the rainy season in April.

Without plants, there will be less food. This will jeopardize food security for over 3 million people.


Reconciliation must be a priority for the government, the Church and humanitarian organizations if the country is to have any chance of a stable peace settlement.

24 Jan 2014 description


  • About 494,000 people are reported to have been displaced by the crisis, including 401,200 internally displaced people and close to 86,100 refugees in neighboring countries.

  • Food, non-food items, water and sanitation, and health are major needs and there is a concern that the food security situation will only worsen and continue into 2015 if fields cannot be planted before the end of the current season.

23 Jan 2014 description


The latest from CRS’ emergency response team in South Sudan:

  • An estimated 395,000 people are reported to have been displaced by the crisis, including 352,000 internally displaced people and close to 43,000 refugees in neighboring countries.

  • Around 175,000 people have been reached with some kind of assistance to date, inside and outside UN bases, including food, healthcare, vaccinations, clean water and sanitation and protection services.

10 Jan 2014 description

In South Sudan, tensions within the South Sudanese government escalated after the country’s president reshuffled the cabinet in July, including the dismissal of the vice president. In December, an uprising loyal to the ousted vice president erupted in heavy fighting between the national army and anti-government forces, displacing 180,000 people. Efforts to bring both sides together to negotiate continue to be postponed, and humanitarian pursuits have been challenged by the ongoing fighting.

26 Jun 2012 description

Dear Friend,

As I write this, it has been a little more than 6 months since I was blessed with the opportunity to serve as president of Catholic Relief Services. These months have gone by in a whirlwind. It seems like only yesterday I was packing up my office at the University of Notre Dame. So much has happened in this half year that I hardly have time to look back.