South Sudan Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 2 | 3 February 2017
• Fighting in the vicinity of Wau Shilluk and Malakal has displaced civilians and disrupted humanitarian activities.
• More than 52,600 South Sudanese fled to Uganda in January.
• South Sudanese are likely to face extreme levels of food insecurity in an extended lean season from February to July 2017.
• After extensive negotiations, a humanitarian team travelled to the Greater Baggari area, outside Wau town.
• Following disruptions to humanitarian operations, health partners have stepped up response to cholera in Panyijiar County.
No. of Internally Displaced People - 1.85 million
No. of refugees in neighboring countries - 1.4 million
No. of people assisted in 2016 (as of 30 Nov) - 4.9 million
Fighting in Upper Nile causes displacement, disrupts humanitarian assistance
Fighting in late January and early February in the vicinity of Wau Shilluk and Malakal town, Upper Nile, has displaced civilians and caused the temporary suspension of several humanitarian activities.
Wau Shilluk –which had a population of around 20,400 internally displaced people and host community prior to the fighting– is reported to be largely deserted, with most civilians having fled north to Padiet, Pathaw, Lul and Kodok. There are unverified reports that civilians were killed during the fighting in Wau Shilluk which began on 25 January. Renewed clashes were reported on 3 February.
As a result of the fighting in late January, several humanitarian activities were disrupted, including biometric registration in Wau Shilluk, a vaccination campaign in Malakal town and Wau Shilluk, and training of county health workers on disease surveillance, outbreak control and investigation in Malakal town. Sixteen aid workers were relocated from Wau Shilluk to Kodok by road and subsequently airlifted from Kodok to Juba during the fighting.
Key emergency services, including management of health clinics and provision of water, continued to be provided in Wau Shilluk by local staff who remained on the ground following the initial clashes. However, these staff were themselves forced to flee when fighting resumed on 3 February. UN Humanitarian Air Service to Malakal have been suspended since fighting started on 25 January.
Separately, clashes have also been reported near Renk, including in Gabat, Abukhadr and Mamur on the western bank of the Nile. On 30 January, a humanitarian partner was forced to suspend health operations in Renk area due to ongoing shelling and small arms fire, and a humanitarian flight was cancelled on 2 February. There have been reports of civilian displacement.