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14 Mar 2017 description


As of 9 March, lack of drinking water is reported by 30,000 recently displaced people in Kodok area in Upper Nile. People are drinking untreated water, concerning as cases of cholera were confirmed in Malakal this week. The cholera outbreak has spread to more areas this year and is lasting longer than previous outbreaks.

South Sudan is experiencing deteriorating food security and nutrition countrywide and humanitarian operations are limited as the government has increased work permit fees from USD 11 to USD 10,000.

14 Mar 2017 description
report Save the Children

“The children and the elderly, they slaughtered them…. I've seen children tied to their dead mother and thrown in the river”

After a UN report warned “a process of ethnic cleansing was under way” in South Sudan and famine was declared in Unity State, refugees have described the horrors that forced hundreds of thousands of women and children to flee to sanctuary in Uganda.

14 Mar 2017 description

Recent contextual development in Central Unity:

According to the most recent IPC analysis, released on February 20, 2017, approximately 4.9 million (about 42% of population) people are estimated to be severely food insecure (IPC Phases 3, 4, and 5), from February to April 2017. This is projected to increase to 5.5 million people, (47% of the national population) at the height of the 2017 lean season in July.

14 Mar 2017 description

NMISS “Protection of Civilians” (PoC) Sites
- As of 09 March 2017, a total of number of civilians seeking safety in six Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 223,035 including 120,607 in Bentiu, 30,575 in Malakal, 38,942 in Juba UN House, 1,976 in Bor, 681 in Melut and 200 in Wau, in Western Bahr El Ghazal adjusted area 30,054.

14 Mar 2017 description

On 20 February 2017, famine was declared in parts of Unity State affecting 100,000 people, with some 5.5 million people expected to be severely food insecure at the height of the lean season (mid 2017). The level of food insecurity is unprecedented since South Sudan’s independence and almost entirely due to the conflict which commenced in 2013.
In 2016 three major shocks occurred to cause this escalated deterioration:

14 Mar 2017 description

South Sudan – IOM is now providing safe drinking water to over 24,300 vulnerable people in Aburoc, Upper Nile, South Sudan. This includes an estimated 17,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs), who fled the fighting in Wau Shilluk in late January, leaving their homes with few belongings and placing additional strain on the already limited resources of the host community.

An IOM emergency preparedness and response team deployed to Aburoc in Fashoda County on 7 March to begin a water trucking operation to provide desperately needed clean water to IDPs and the host community.

14 Mar 2017 description


On 20 February 2017, famine was declared in parts of Unity State affecting 100,000 people, with some 5.5 million people expected to be severely food insecure at the height of the lean season (mid 2017). The level of food insecurity is unprecedented since South Sudan’s independence and almost entirely due to the conflict which commenced in 2013.

In 2016 three major shocks occurred to cause this escalated deterioration:

14 Mar 2017 description
report Government of Japan
  1. On March 14, the Government of Japan decided to extend Emergency Grant Aid of 26 million US dollars in response to the famine in the Middle East and Africa through 6 international organizations and agencies including the World Food Programme (WFP).

  2. This assistance is also provided as a swift response to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s call for support. Japan will provide humanitarian assistance such as food, nutrition, health and WASH (Water and Sanitation) in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Yemen, and Kenya.

13 Mar 2017 description
report Belgian Red Cross

Les famines qui ravagent aujourd’hui l’Afrique sont des crises complexes, intensifiées par toutes les précédentes.

Une famine aggravée par la violence

En Somalie et au Sud Soudan, plusieurs centaines de milliers de personnes comprenant femmes, enfants et personnes âgées, peinent de plus en plus à se nourrir. Cela du fait d’une sècheresse, dont les conséquences sont aggravées par les violences qui frappent ces pays, depuis des années.

13 Mar 2017 description

Moussa Faki Mahamat, nouveau président de la Commission de l’Union africaine (UA), prendra ses fonctions à la mi-mars alors que le continent est confronté à la plus grave série de crises humanitaires depuis les années 1990. La plus inquiétante se situe dans le bassin du lac Tchad où plus de 11 millions de personnes ont besoin d’une aide d’urgence.

13 Mar 2017 description

Africa is experiencing the highest number of humanitarian crises since the 1990s. As the new chair of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, takes office, International Crisis Group suggests how he can strengthen the organisation’s response to threats to continental peace and security.

13 Mar 2017 description
report Sudan Tribune

March 11, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir has directed to provide 10,000 tonnes of sorghum to assist those affected by the famine in South Sudan. He further expressed his government readiness to meet humanitarian needs of large influx of refugees from the neighbouring country, said the Humanitarian Aid Commissioner

On 20 February 2017, South Sudanese government and UN agencies declared Some 100,000 people were facing starvation in the two counties of Leer and Mayiandit, while people in Koch and Panyijar nearby were considered at high risk of famine.

13 Mar 2017 description

The Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, Ulla Tørnæs, is now increasing Denmark’s humanitarian assistance to combat the acute food security crisis in the Horn of Africa and Yemen. Denmark will provide 300 mio. DKK (approx. 42,8 mio. USD) in humanitarian assistance to the World Food Programme (WFP), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and to Danish NGO’s working in the affected countries.

13 Mar 2017 description


  • WFP’s Assistant Executive Director and Regional Director visited populations facing acute hunger in Mayendit County.

  • Successful access negotiations enable WFP to reach more than 15,000 people in Greater Bagari, south of Wau town.

  • Dispatches from Kosti (Sudan) to Renk (South Sudan) have resumed with a convoy reaching Renk with 1,500mt of assorted food commodities.

Situation Update

13 Mar 2017 description

On 20 February, localized famine was declared in Leer and Mayendit counties, and food security experts estimated that some 5.5 million people would be severely food insecure by the height of the lean season in July. Over the course of the month, tens of thousands of people were displaced due to offensives in Upper Nile and Jonglei. In Upper Nile, an estimated 31,500 people were forced to flee continued advances by armed forces on the western bank of the River Nile. About 18,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) reportedly arrived in Kodok and over 13,500 in Aburoc, Fashoda County.

12 Mar 2017 description
report Oxfam



The continuing conflict which began in December 2013 is having a devastating impact on the lives and livelihoods of millions of South Sudanese women, men, boys and girls. Conflict has displaced populations, reduced food production and disrupted livelihoods and markets, making South Sudan one of the most food-insecure countries in the world. Women and men of all ages are suffering from the effects of conflict, including abuses and loss of control over, and access to, vital resources.

11 Mar 2017 description
report UN Security Council


Security Council
7897th Meeting (AM)

Twenty million people across four countries faced starvation and famine if the international community did not act quickly, the United Nations humanitarian chief warned the Security Council today, expressing alarm at the funding gap to meet the needs in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and north-eastern Nigeria.

10 Mar 2017 description

10 March 2017

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Mr. President, Council members,

Thank you for inviting me to brief on my visits to countries facing famine or at risk of famine: Yemen, South Sudan and Somalia. I will also briefly mention the outcomes of the Oslo Conference on the Lake Chad Basin.

10 Mar 2017 description


Pooled funds are considered to be one of the most efficient mechanisms of humanitarian financing as they reduce transaction costs and allow for a better prioritization of assistance among different organizations. They enable humanitarian partners operating in countries affected by natural disasters and armed conflict to quickly deliver flexible and effective life-saving assistance to people who need it the most. You can contribute to two main types of pooled funds: