Situation Overview: Ulang and Nasir Counties, Upper Nile State, South Sudan, January – March 2018

Report
from REACH Initiative
Published on 31 Mar 2018 View Original

Introduction

The first quarter of 2018 was characterised by episodes of insecurity in Nasir County and Jonglei state that led to displacement into Ulang County.

Ahead of the lean season, which is expected to start in May, access to food remained stable and relatively high from January to March 2018. Furthermore, shelter and WASH conditions improved seasonally while protection concerns worsened in line with the reported insecurity.

To inform the response of humanitarian actors working outside of formal displacement sites,
REACH has been conducting an assessment of hard-to-reach areas in South Sudan since 2015, for which data on settlements across Greater Upper Nile, Greater Equatoria and Western Bahr el Ghazal region is collected on a monthly basis.

From January to March 2018, REACH interviewed 267 Key Informants (KIs) from 75 settlements in Nasir and Ulang Counties in Upper Nile State. All the KIs were interviewed in Akobo, Jonglei State. Findings have been triangulated using one Focus Group Discussion (FGDs) conducted in Akobo, Jonglei State with KIs that had been displaced from Ulang and Nasir Counties, as well as with interviews with humanitarian actors, secondary data, and Situation Overview: Ulang and Nasir Counties, Upper Nile State, South Sudan January – March 2018 previous REACH assessments of hard-to-reach areas of Upper Nile State.

This Situation Overview outlines displacement and access to basic services in Ulang and Nasir Counties from January to March 2018. The first section analyses displacement trends in these two counties, and the second section evaluates access to food and basic services for both displaced and non-displaced communities.

Ulang and Nasir Counties are both located in the northeastern maize and cattle livelihood zone.
Instead of providing individual analysis, figures throughout this situation overview are thus presented for an aggregate of the two counties.