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16 Dec 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • In Blue Nile, an intensive community mobilization campaign was conducted in newly accessible areas (mainly Alkali, Mangano and Turnasei localities) by the State Ministry of Health, UNICEF and partners. Some 3,101 children under 5 years were screened and 441 children were found with severe acute malnutrition. All children identified as acute malnutrition were enrolled into appropriate treatment programmes, while many of the severely malnourished children are in critical condition requiring immediate inpatient care.

15 Dec 2017 description

Juba, 15 December 2017: the World Health Organization (WHO) is expanding on its partners’ engagement mechanisms to address critical barriers in reaching vulnerable persons including women and children with life-saving interventions in besieged and hard-to-reach areas, where access and restrictions on movement severely hinder the ability of populations to get health services.

15 Dec 2017 description
report CARE

JUBA (15 December 2017) – Four years after the beginning of the South Sudan conflict, the leading humanitarian organization CARE is deeply concerned by the risk of famine as rates of hunger and malnutrition continue to rise. Presently, seven million South Sudanese are in need of lifesaving assistance – deeply affected by conflict, displacement, hunger and a collapsing economy.

15 Dec 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

In South Sudan, “childhood under attack” as country enters fifth year of fighting

JUBA/NAIROBI, December 15 2017 - South Sudan is in the throes of a tragedy for children that affects more than half the child population - victims of malnutrition, disease, forced recruitment, violence and the loss of schooling - UNICEF said in a report released today.

Years of insecurity and upheaval have had a “staggering impact on children”, threatening an entire generation, the report, Childhood under Attack, says.

The numbers tell a grim story:

14 Dec 2017 description
report REACH Initiative

Introduction

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

EDWARD BENJAMIN KARGBO

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
  • No new cases of acute watery diarrhea (AWD) among refugees since September.

  • 7,000 refugees have arrived in North Kordofan since July, as confirmed by UNHCR following recent mission.

  • Over 4,600 refugees arrive in South Darfur. Relocation from Kafia Kinji to El Radom has begun.

Key Developments

14 Dec 2017 description
  • Total number of refugees* 812,594
  • Pre-Dec 2013 refugees 352,462
  • Post-Dec 2013 refugees 460,132
  • Total arrivals in 2017 191,861
  • Total arrivals in Nov 2017 5,859

*UNHCR and COR have amended official population statistics to include South Sudanese living in Sudan prior to December 2013, when conflict broke out in South Sudan. The Government of Sudan considers this population as refugees

13 Dec 2017 description

If you would like to arrange an interview, please contact :
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

15,319
Refugees and IDPs received nonfood items assistance from UNHCR across South Sudan in November 2017.

2,080
New arrivals registered in South Sudan in November 2017.

18,481
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

Introduction

World Humanitarian Data and Trends presents global and country-level data-and-trend analysis about humanitarian crises and assistance. Its purpose is to consolidate this information and present it in an accessible way, providing policymakers, researchers and humanitarian practitioners with an evidence base to support humanitarian policy decisions and provide context for operational decisions.
The information presented covers two main areas: humanitarian needs and assistance in 2016, and humanitarian trends, challenges and opportunities.

13 Dec 2017 description
infographic REACH Initiative

CONTEXT AND METHODOLOGY

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

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.