Multi-Sector Rapid Needs Assessment: Imatong State Phase 2 Report: Ikwoto County, South Sudan September, 2016

Executive Summary

The second phase of the multisector assessment took place in three locations in Ikwoto County from 1st – 4th September 2016 and revealed needs among both displaced and host communities, all of which derive from the compound pressures of conflict on existing food insecurity.

The current caseload provided by the RRC indicates that over 1,000 homes across the two payams assessed in Ikwotos county were looted and some 237 burnt during the July insecurity, leaving huge needs in terms of shelter, NFIs, seeds and livestock. There is a great number of IDPs in rural villages but their number is unknown.

UNHCR reports that around 175,7781 people have crossed into Uganda, mainly from Central and Eastern Equatoria, since July 2016 and although exact figures of those coming from Ikwoto County remain unclear, discussions with communities found many families had crossed nearby border points.

Scope and methodology

Data collection was predominantly qualitative, undertaken using a combination of Focus Group Discussions (FGDs), Key Informant Interviews and Household Interviews and direct observations across three villages encompassing urban and rural communities respectively within Ikwoto county (Ifune, Lotuhoyah and Momoria). The assessment focused on looted and burnt villages and was conducted over four days by teams from CARE South Sudan, AVSI and Caritas Switzerland covering Food Security and Livelihoods, NFIs, Protection, Education, Gender Based Violence (GBV), Health, Nutrition and WASH. The team was accompanied by the Ikwoto County Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (RRC) County coordinator, and the County Deputy Executive Director. The assessment team members were the first humanitarian actors to assess these locations since the July crisis.