South Sudan

Inter-agency Rapid Needs Assessment Report: Lafon, Eastern Equatoria (1-3 December 2016)

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Background

Following the outbreak of fighting in Juba, Central Equatoria, on 7 July, conflict reached Torit and Ikwotos in Eastern Equatoria on 9 July and Lafon in August. Armed groups began to arrive in the Lafon area on 8 August and fighting reportedly broke out on 15 August when the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) came to retake Lafon town. The resulting insecurity displaced the entire population for a week, and over half of the population is estimated not to have returned back to Lafon. During the insecurity, there were reports of forced recruitment by armed groups as well as forced displacement and heavy looting of nutrition supplies, medicines, schools and houses. Insecurity along the Torit-Lafon road has meant that humanitarians operating from Torit have had very limited access to the area since July. In light of reports of continued displacement, an Inter-Agency Rapid Needs Assessment (IRNA) and response team travelled to Lafon from 1 to 3 December to assess the humanitarian needs and provide emergency medical supplies. The team visited both Lafon town, as well as Taar boma in Burgilo payam.

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