On October 2, the Government of the Republic of South Sudan (GoRSS) delayed passage of the proposed Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Bill, due in part to pressure from the humanitarian community to stall the controversial legislation.
Relief actors continue to improve and expand protection of civilian (PoC) sites and assist with voluntary relocation efforts.
On October 30, the U.S. Government and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon both condemned the resumption of hostilities between Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and opposition forces in Unity State. The recent armed attacks represent a serious violation of the cessation of hostilities agreement signed by both parties to the conflict and threaten to worsen the dire humanitarian situation affecting nearly 2 million people in South Sudan.
Humanitarian agencies are concerned about direct targeting of relief actors, following the October 16 abduction of a U.N. World Food Program (WFP) staff member by a group of unidentified armed men at the Malakal airport in Upper Nile State. The event followed the kidnapping of three UNMISS contractors on October 10, highlighting the serious impact of insecurity on relief operations in South Sudan. The captors have since released two of the UNMISS contractors; however, one UNMISS contractor and the WFP staff member remain missing. The U.N. is engaging with government authorities to secure their release.
The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) Technical Working Group reported on October 27 that relief actors need to immediately scale up humanitarian assistance to prevent a deterioration of food security and a rise in malnutrition in 2015.