In Bentiu Protection of Civilians site,12, 018 children were screened for malnutrition, identifying a proxy global acute malnutrition rate of 12.5 per cent - an improvement since the previous screening in December (proxy GAM 18.8 per cent).
An initial rapid needs assessment is under way in Nimni, Unity State.
For the first time in nearly 18 months a humanitarian convoy has arrived in Maban, Upper Nile State, from Juba.
4.1 million People to be assisted by the end of 2015
2.5 million People facing crisis/emergency levels of food insecurity Jan-Mar 2015
1.5 million People internally displaced by conflict since December 2013
$529 million Pledged at Nairobi conference for response to South Sudan crisis
On 5 March, heavy fighting was reported in Duk Duk, Renk, Upper Nile State. Five people were reportedly killed. The situation in Melut remained relatively calm but armed troops were reported in the town. Previously, on 3 March, mortar shelling continued across the Sobat River in Nasir, in Upper Nile State. Nasir town was reportedly largely deserted.
In Western Bahr el Ghazal, shooting by armed men was reported in Wau, the capital, on 2 March. Five people were reportedly killed and eight others injured during the shooting. The situation was reportedly now calm by the end of the reporting period.
Criminal activities and sporadic shooting continued around Rumbek, capital of Lakes. On 4 March, two students from Rumbek Secondary School were shot and killed by unknown armed men. Previously, two men were also killed in Akwac village along the Rumbek to Wulu road (also in Lakes) by armed men. The motive of the killings remained unclear and investigations continue. Partners now believe that the number of children abducted by armed men in Wau Shilluk, Upper Nile State, may be in the hundreds, not 89 as previously reported.
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