South Sudan

ECHO Factsheet – South Sudan Crisis – November 2016

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Facts & Figures

Since fighting erupted in December 2013:

  • More than 1.7 million internally displaced people according to UN estimates

  • Over 202 000 people seeking refuge at UN Mission compounds (UNMIS)

  • Over 1.1 million South Sudanese refugees & asylum seekers in neighbouring countries (UNHCR)

  • 67 aid workers killed by warring parties (UNOCHA)

About 4.8 million people experiencing food insecurity

Number of refugees from neighbouring countries in South Sudan: over 262 000 (UNHCR)

Other facts

Population: officially 8.26 million, but 11.6 m estimated

Child mortality: 110/1000

1 in 7 children under 5 suffers from acute malnutrition

European Commission humanitarian assistance in 2016: €103.2 million so far

Key messages

  • The humanitarian crisis and suffering in South Sudan have reached alarming proportions. The country ranks second in the European Commission's Global Vulnerability and Crisis Assessment index (after the Central African Republic).

  • Fighting, violations of international humanitarian law and grave human rights abuses continue unabated. Reports of sexual violence, including rape, by soldiers in uniform have increased dramatically in the capital Juba.

  • More than 2.7 million South Sudanese are displaced, representing more than 20% of the country’s population.
    About 1.7 million people are displaced inside South Sudan while more than one million people have fled to neighbouring countries.
    Of these, about 238 000 have fled to Uganda since July.

  • About 40% of the population - 4.8 million people - are likely to experience severe food insecurity during the lean season.

  • Access restrictions and violence continue to obstruct humanitarian operations. Since the beginning of the conflict, 67 humanitarian workers have been killed. It is vital to ensure safe and unhindered humanitarian access to the populations in need.

  • The EU is among the biggest donors of humanitarian aid in South Sudan. So far in 2016, it has provided more than 40% of all humanitarian financing to support life-saving programmes.