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31 Jul 2019 description
report REACH Initiative

Introduction

In the past year, several episodes of intercommunal violence and unreliable rains have sustained large-scale humanitarian needs in Awerial, Yirol East and Yirol West Counties in the eastern Lakes region. Underscoring the scale of the humanitarian crisis in the region, the January 2019 Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) projected that populations in these three counties would face emergency levels of food insecurity between February and April 2019 (IPC phase 4).1

31 Jul 2019 description

IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) monitored arrivals from Khartoum to Rubkona Bus Station between 15 April and 30 June 2019. In total, 13,820 individuals arrived in Rubkona Town, 54 per cent of whom were female. The individuals followed the main route of Khartoum-Karsana-Rubkona.

30 Jul 2019 description

PETER RING

For several weeks, thousands of Mundari people – mostly women and children – have been surviving at Awerial Centre, located in the Eastern Lakes area, on nothing but wild leaves for food.

Having borne a seven-year drought, the Mundari people who hail from Tali and Tindolo areas say the situation has become unbearable for them.

“For seven years, we have been abandoned to die. We lost so many of our dear ones to ruthless hunger,” narrates Achok Nyeki, a 23-year-old lady from one of the remote parts of the area.

30 Jul 2019 description

In Numbers

6.9 million people facing acute food insecurity from May to July 2019 (IPC)

2.1 million acutely malnourished women and children (HRP)

3.22 million people assisted by WFP in May 2019

1.9 million internally displaced people (OCHA)

2.3 million South Sudanese refugees (UNHCR)

202,776 seeking shelter with the UN (UNMISS)

Highlights

30 Jul 2019 description

Refugees in Khartoum attacked and newly displaced to ‘Open Areas’ and White Nile State.

Refugees working on farms outside of camps during current planting season.

Security situation slowed refugee operations in June.

Population Update

30 Jul 2019 description

Key Messages

  • Crisis (IPC Phase 3) and Emergency (IPC Phase 4) outcomes remain widespread in South Sudan. According to the May IPC analysis, an estimated 6.96 million people will face Crisis (IPC Phase 3) or worse outcomes through the July/August peak of the lean season in the presence of planned humanitarian food assistance. Among those in need, an estimated 21,000 people are likely in Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5) in Canal/Pigi of Jonglei, Cueibet of Lakes, and Panyikang of Upper Nile.
29 Jul 2019 description

HIGHLIGHTS

▪ The March-May season performed sub-optimally in many areas given the delayed start of the rains though the situation started improving from late April and May when the rains intensified. This continued into the month of June in parts of the region, while in eastern and southern Kenya, Somalia and southeast Ethiopia the rains declined/ ceased by end of May/early June.

28 Jul 2019 description

Traditional healing methods are found everywhere: from sipping chicken soup for a cold to spreading butter for a burn. Some traditions can effectively help relieve symptoms, but others can do more harm than good.

28 Jul 2019 description

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 74 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including: