South Sudan Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 8 | 30 August 2018
• Humanitarian workers, donors and embassy staff commemorated World Humanitarian Day 2018.
• At least 128 child soldiers (90 boys and 38 girls) were released by two armed groups in Yambio, Western Eqautoria.
• A humanitarian access survey conducted by partners revealed that access continues to be affected and restricted across the country.
• Nearly 3,500 IDPs relocated to Mangateen from Juba PoC site as a response to security situation.
World Humanitarian Day 2018 in Juba
On the 20 August, the humanitarian community in South Sudan commemorated World Humanitarian Day. They called for action for humanitarian workers who sacrifice their lives to help others, and for protection of civilians caught up in conflicts that are not of their making.
The Humanitarian Coordinator, Alain Noudéhou, called for an end to all attacks against civilians and aid workers. Mr. Noudéhou said: “Ensuring the safety and security of aid workers in South Sudan has now become a major challenge that continuously hampers humanitarian action. Civilians, including humanitarians and medical workers, are not – and should never be – a target.” Since the conflict began in December 2013, at least 110 aid workers have been killed. In 2018 alone, 13 workers have lost their lives. Most of them are South Sudanese. Many more are detained, harassed or threatened.
Humanitarian workers continue to face denials of access that make it harder than ever to operate and reach to people in need. Operational interference, restrictions of movement and bureaucratic administrative impediments all demonstrate the persistently challenging operating environment in which humanitarians work to support people in need.
The Honourable, Dr Santino Bol, Deputy Chairperson of the Relief and Rehabilitation Commission at the South Sudan Government also convyed the solidarity of the Government with humanitarian workers and expressed committment to support their safety and security as they carry out their humanitarian work.
Speakers from across the community included: Angelina Nyajima, Executive Director of a national NGO, Hope Restoration; Lilian Mumbi,
Operational Director of an international NGO, World Vision; and Andrea Noyes, the Deputy Head of OCHA. They conveyed the urgency of ensuring that humanitarian activities continues without interference and recognized the importance of national aid workers on the frontline of the humanitarian response.