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13 Aug 2018 description

South Sudan again topped the list of most violent countries in the world in which to deliver aid in 2017, in a report launched by Humanitarian Outcomes. today.

"It's the third consecutive year that South Sudan tops the global list, underscoring the complexities in delivering aid in this war, and the impunity with which armed actors operate when attacking aid workers," said Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).

13 Aug 2018 description
infographic Humanitarian Outcomes

313 aid workers were victims of major attacks in 2017

139 killed

102 wounded

72 kidnapped

In 2017, 158 major incidents of violence against humanitarian operations occurred in 22 countries, affecting 313 aid workers.

09 Aug 2018 description

OVERVIEW

This report compares current humanitarian crises based on their level of humanitarian access. Affected populations in more than 40 countries are not getting proper humanitarian assistance due to access constraints. Out of 44 countries included in the report, nearly half of them are currently facing critical humanitarian access constraints, with four countries (Eritrea, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen) being considered as inaccessible. Moderate humanitarian access constraints are an issue in eight countries, and 15 face low humanitarian access constraints.

08 Aug 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • UN records at least 10 aid worker deaths between January and June

  • April–May clashes result in more than 230 civilian deaths in Unity

  • Violence prompts relief actors to restrict operations in Maban

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

07 Aug 2018 description

This update covers the period of June - July 2018 and is endorsed by FAO, UNICEF and WFP in South Sudan

Persistent conflict, disruption of livelihoods, poor economic conditions and challenges faced in the delivery of humanitarian assistance have pushed nearly 60 percent of the population into severe acute food insecurity during the peak of the lean season (June-July), when food shortages are typically at their worst levels.

07 Aug 2018 description

Life-saving medication litters the ground across the Relief International compound in Bunj.

At nearby humanitarian agencies, offices and tukuls have been burnt to the ground, the windows of dozens of vehicles have been smashed while others were torched.

The homes of aid workers were also targeted by hundreds of demonstrators who invaded compounds across the town in the Upper Nile region of South Sudan, causing mass destruction. It was terrifying for international and local humanitarians who were caught up in the violent rampage on July 23.

06 Aug 2018 description

OVERVIEW

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 57 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

  • Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • Guinea worm in South Sudan

  • Cholera in Niger

  • Hepatitis E in Namibia

  • Humanitarian crisis in South Sudan.

04 Aug 2018 description

In Numbers

7.1 million people facing severe food insecurity between May-July 2018 (IPC February 2018)

2.95 million people assisted by WFP in June 2018

1.76 million internally displaced people (OCHA)

2.47 million South Sudanese refugees (UNHCR)

202,776 seeking shelter with the UN (UNMISS)

Highlights

30 Jul 2018 description

Juba, July 28, 2018 - The South Sudan NGO Forum strongly condemns the unacceptable violence against humanitarian actors, including the most recent attack in Maban, as it reduces aid workers’ capacity to implement essential services and activities, leaving the most vulnerable people in South Sudan at greater risk of hunger and disease.

26 Jul 2018 description

The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) has expressed outrage and condemns the attack on humanitarian workers and the destruction of facilities and equipment at the Maban camp, in Northern Upper Nile.

In a Press statement issued on Wednesday JMEC said:

“Attacks on aid workers who diligently offer their services to alleviate the suffering of people of South Sudan, are deeply regrettable and indeed a violation of the Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities, Protection of Civilians and Humanitarian Access signed in December 2017.”

25 Jul 2018 description
report CARE

Juba, South Sudan. 24 July 2018 – CARE has joined United Nations and civil society organisations in South Sudan to denounce recent attacks on aid workers and destruction of property in Maban County.

“CARE reiterates that aid workers should never be a target of violence,” says Rosalind Crowther, CARE Country Director in South Sudan. “Aid workers should be protected to allow them to work freely to assist millions suffering as a result of the ongoing conflict.”

24 Jul 2018 description

JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN/NEW YORK, JULY 24, 2018— The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) suspended most of its activities in Maban, South Sudan, after a violent attack yesterday. 

23 Jul 2018 description

(Juba, 23 July 2018): The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator a.i. for South Sudan, Adnan Khan, has strongly condemned attacks on aid workers and facilities in Bunj, Maban County in Upper Nile.

The violence started as a peaceful protest at what is perceived as a lack of employment opportunities but quickly became violent and led to the attacks and looting and burning of humanitarian premises and damage to humanitarian vehicles.

20 Jul 2018 description
report Insecurity Insight

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

All decisions made, on the basis of, or with consideration to, such information remains the responsibility of their respective organisations.

Security Incidents and Access Constraints

Africa

Central African Republic

19 Jul 2018 description

OVERVIEW

Fifty-nine access incidents were reported in June, with the majority (66 per cent) occurring in Unity, Western Bahr el Ghazal, Central Equatoria and Jonglei. 68 per cent of the organizations reporting being affected are INGOs and over recent months, incidents involving violence against aid workers and assets have remained the majority, at around 60 per cent. Again this month, aid operations in Western Bahr el Ghazal have continued to be impeded by blockages and bureaucratic challenges – a situation which has persisted since the start of 2018.

16 Jul 2018 description

The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) is a global norm, unanimously adopted by heads of state and government at the 2005 UN World Summit, aimed at preventing and halting Genocide, War Crimes, Ethnic Cleansing and Crimes Against Humanity. R2P stipulates that:

  • Every State has the Responsibility to Protect its populations from the four mass atrocity crimes (Pillar I).

  • The wider international community has the responsibility to encourage and assist individual States in meeting that responsibility (Pillar II).

16 Jul 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Humanitarian Coordinator call for urgent scale up of humanitarian assistance in Tambura, Western Equatoria.

• Humanitarians call for pause to enable them reach thousands of people as fighting continues in Unity.

• Renewed fighting in Wau’s Baggari area forces thousands of people to flee their homes.

• Partners scale up seed and tools distribution to communities hardest hit by hunger and malnutrition in planting season.

• Up to 2.4 million children not receiving an education in South Sudan.

11 Jul 2018 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation

Author Andrew Edward Tchie Conflict and Policy Advisor on Syria, Senior Visiting Research Follow Kings College London Centre for Conflict and Health, Visiting Researcher at PRIO, and PhD Candidate at University of Essex., University of Essex

06 Jul 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • UN records at least seven aid worker deaths since January

  • ICRC delivers humanitarian assistance in Leer for the first time since early April

  • USAID/FFP partner WFP reaches 2.6 million people with emergency food assistance in May

KEY DEVELOPMENTS