By the end of December 2016, more than 3.2 million people had been forced out of their homes, including more than 1.85 million internally displaced and 1.4 million seeking refuge in countries neighbouring South Sudan.
During the month, displacement was reported in Central Equatoria, Western Equatoria, Western Bahr el Ghazal, Upper Nile and Unity. In Central Equatoria, new arrivals, mainly from Yei and Morobo, brought the number of displaced people in Kajo-Keji to more than 30,000. The refugee outflow from the Equatorias continued, with more than 60,000 refugees arriving in Uganda during December. In Upper Nile, fighting in Maban caused the temporary displacement of over 8,000 in the host community and about 10,000 refugees from Doro camp. Separately, several thousands people departed Malakal Protection of Civilians (PoC) site, primarily for family reunification. At the same time, armed clashes in and around Nasir displaced thousand of civilians. Displacement was also reported in Unity following fighting in Koch, Gandor, Padeah and Dablual, resulting an increase in new arrivals at the Bentiu PoC site. New cholera cases were confirmed in Panyijiar County, bringing the total number of counties affected by the outbreak country-wide in 2016 to 10.
The number of humanitarian access incidents reported in December (77) dropped compared to November (100), but remained above the average number of monthly incidents (75.6) reported in 2016. About 61 per cent of the reported incidents involved violence against humanitarian personnel or assets, while 27 per cent involved interference in implementation, the highest percentage in the year.
As of 31 December, US$1.1 billion was received for the 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), representing 86 per cent of the appeal. By the end of new year, the humanitarian partners reached 5.1 million people the number targeted in 2016.
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