This report covers the period 01/JAN/2013 to 31/DEC/2013.
The IFRC office secured its status in South Sudan with the signing of a status agreement between IFRC and the Government of South Sudan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on 16 September 2013. Formalities for recognition of the South Sudan Red Cross (SSRC) by the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement progressed well, with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) formally recognizing SSRC in June, making it the world’s 189th National Society.
The internal conflict that started in the capital city of Juba in South Sudan on 15 December, 2013 rapidly spread to other parts of the country, with worst affected states being Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile. The conflict has resulted in casualties, wounded and missing among the affected population and had an overall impact on the situation in the country. Responding to the needs of the affected populations IFRC will launch a DREF in January 2014, followed by an Emergency Appeal. The conflict is likely to severely affect SSRC and IFRC’s operations in 2014 and necessary measures need to be taken to adapt the programmes to the changing security situation in the country.