A new strategic direction will focus on responding to emergencies and strengthening community resilience
Humanitarian partners expect that the current crisis will affect more than one in two South Sudanese by December 2014.
- Over 7 million people are food insecure
- Nearly 4 million people face alarming food insecurity
- Up to 1.5 million people become internally displaced.
- 835,000 people seek refuge in neighbouring countries.
Partners need $1.8 billion in 2014 to save lives, prevent famine and avert the loss of a generation of South Sudanese children. Up to 4 million people will receive some form of assistance.
$739 million have been secured as of 5 June 2014. $1.1 billion are still needed for operations in 2014, and to pre-position some supplies for the first three months of 2015.
Even if the operation is fully funded and aid agencies have access to people in need, not all threats of hunger, malnutrition, disease, death, livelihood collapse or violations of basic rights will be addressed. The questions facing South Sudan are:
- How many will die of violence, hunger and disease;
- How dire will conditions be for those uprooted by conflict;
- How unsafe will life be;
- For how long will children be deprived of education; and
- To what lengths will people have to go to cope with the crisis?
Humanitarian partners will focus on three immediate goals:
- Save lives;
- Prevent famine; and
- Avert the loss of a generation.
The humanitarian strategy for South Sudan has five elements:
- Coordinate – systematic assessment and analysis; rapid response; and strong advocacy.
- Prioritize – focus on priority sectors and locations to get people what they need most.
- Capitalize on seasons – pre-positioning for year-round operations and livelihoods so people can help themselves.
- Access – negotiate with parties to reach everyone in need by air, barge or road.
- Scale up –NGOs, UN agencies, UNMISS, authorities.
- UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
- To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit https://www.unocha.org/.