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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.

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

86% of the total population in the country is minimally food insecure (IPC Phase 1). The households in this phase have access to a variety of adequate and nutritious food both from household stocks carried forward from first season 2017 and the on-going harvests from the second season, which are good in most areas of the country because of favourable rains received. Food in markets is easily accessed and affordable because prices have declined and the households have adequate purchasing power.

14 Dec 2017 description
report Insecurity Insight

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

Global

13 November 2017: Save the Children announced that it had fired 16 staff over reports of sexual violence in the past year. Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

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
report European Commission
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MEMO - EU Trust Fund for Africa: new actions worth €174.4 million to foster stability in the Horn of Africa

European Commission - Press release

Brussels, 12 December 2017

The European Commission has announced today 13 new actions worth €174.4 million under the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa to support refugees and host communities in the Horn of Africa region.

13 Dec 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • From 1 January to 31st October 2017, 65,412 severely malnourished children (83% of annual target) and 127,028 moderately malnourished children (65% of annual target) have been admitted for treatment.

  • As catch-up campaign for children missed during the nurses’ strike, a total of 364,182 children received emergency health services during the reporting period.

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

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 Monitor-Uganda

By TOM BRIAN ANGURINI

In Summary

Anemia. According to the report findings, levels of anemia were recorded at 53 per cent among children aged between six and 59 months, of which 54 per cent of these were in rural areas and 48 per cent in urban areas with variations in different regions.

Kampala. A new study commissioned by civil society has revealed that the country is facing biting hunger and malnutrition.

13 Dec 2017 description

IOM conducted flow monitoring at various cross border points, transit areas, PoCs, and IDP Collective sites across South Sudan. Flow monitoring captures the movement dynamics of the displaced population in the country. 1,967 individuals were recorded transiting through the three Flow Monitoring points in Juba City (Gumbo Park, Customs Park & Juba Port), while 932 individuals were recorded transiting through the Flow Monitoring point in Old Fangak Port and 584 were recorded transiting in and out of the PoC in Abyei Amiet Park.

12 Dec 2017 description

OVERVIEW OF THE CRISIS

As the conflict in South Sudan enters its fifth year in 2018, the humanitarian crisis has continued to intensify and expand due to the compounding effects of widespread violence and the deteriorating economic situation.

12 Dec 2017 description
report The Guardian

After an afternoon drizzle, Ephraim Muhereza carefully scouts his three-acre banana plantation in Gayaza, Wakiso district, plucking male buds from trees. This will stop his plants from catching the notorious banana bacterial wilt, which has destroyed many farms in Uganda.

“We have been told that to reduce the spread of the wilt. We have to cut them so that bees that visit them don’t spread the disease,” he says.

Read more on The Guardian.

12 Dec 2017 description

In November, fighting between armed forces was reported in Yei, Kajo-Keji and Lainya County (Central Equatoria), Torit County (Eastern Equatoria), Mundri area (Western Equatoria), Ayod County (Jonglei), and Mayendit and Rubkona County (Unity). As a result, many civilians were displaced in different locations, including 17,300 in Kajo-Keji County, who were forced to flee IDP camps to other parts of Central Equatoria and Uganda. Intercommunal violence in Duk County (Jonglei), left 45 people dead and displaced over 2,000 people from Duk Payuel to Poktap.

12 Dec 2017 description
  • In October, some 2,300 Burundian refugees and asylum seekers were newly recorded in the region.
  • In Tanzania, no Burundian asylum seekers were recorded in October 2017.
  • In Rwanda, the number of Burundian refugee arrivals has more than doubled from previous months (1,150 arrivals registered). This includes 42 Burundian refugees who have passed through DRC and Tanzania.
12 Dec 2017 description

Since the outbreak of the civil war in South Sudan 4 years ago, on the 13th of December 2013, millions of South Sudanese have been and are still fleeing every day from brutal violence, extensive food insecurity and a lack of access to basic services. Handicap International is supporting civilians displaced within the country and the people who took refuge in neighbouring countries such as Ethiopia, Kenya or Uganda.

11 Dec 2017 description

2,482,790 *
Total South Sudanese refugees in the region as of 15 Nov (pre and post Dec 2013 caseload)

649,483 *
South Sudanese refugee arrivals in 2017, based on field reports as of 15 November

278,965
Refugees in South Sudan and 1.88 million IDPs as of 31 October

Regional Highlights

11 Dec 2017 description

Key messages

↗ International prices of wheat and maize remained relatively stable in November, reflecting good supply conditions, while export quotations of rice strengthened amid increased buying interest and currency movements.