South Sudan: Humanitarian Snapshot (October 2017)
In October, fighting between government and opposition forces was reported in Kajo-keji (Central Equatoria), Mundri and Maridi (Western Equatoria), Koch and Guit (Unity) forcing thousands of people to flee their homes. Due to clashes in Kajo-keji, over 17,000 displaced people in Keriwa, Ajio and Logo camps re-displaced to new locations and across the border to Uganda. According to health partners, the deadly tropical disease kala-azar had killed at least 52 people and sickened 2,447 in South Sudan. The parasitic disease, which peaks between September to December, is almost always fatal if untreated. Efforts to stop South Sudan’s most prolonged and deadly cholera outbreak continued, with only three counties (Budi, Juba and Kapoeta East) reporting active transmission during the month. South Sudan’s harvest season did little to ease the hunger crisis as conflict persisted in most of the country and hyperinflation continued to put food out of reach for many, according to the updated Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis. In October, 4.8 million people (45 per cent of the population) were severely food insecure across the country. Of those, 1.25 million were classified in the Emergency category (IPC Phase 4).