More than two million South Sudanese have fled the country so far. Around half a million people could become refugees in the coming year, based on the current arrival trends in the neighbouring countries.
An estimated 260,280 people in South Sudan's capital are estimated to be food-insecure. More than 90% of households have reduced the number of meals they eat per day and 53% have spent entire days without eating.
The country's six neighbours – Central African Republic, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda – are reporting rising refugee inflows, at a time when operations to meet their needs are severely underfunded.
The crises in both countries have together caused one of the biggest refugee and IDP situations Africa has seen in recent years, forcibly displacing some 1.8 million people across a region with very sparse support capacities.
UNHCR's initial planning figures of 60,000 refugees have been exceeded and increased to 100,000 arrivals. Uganda is also facing a refugee emergency from DR Congo and currently hosts a total of 310,000 refugees.
The sum comprises $59 million for South Sudan and $40.2 million for CAR till end-March. It follows a joint appeal on 31 December by OCHA for $209 million for South Sudan and a 24 December 100-Day Plan for CAR covering $152.2 million in immediate needs.
(New York, 25 January 2012): The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC), Valerie Amos, today announced the allocation of some US$104 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to bolster humanitarian operations in 13...