South Sudan

South Sudan: Integrated Wash and Shelter/NFI Assessment Report Nhialdiu Town and Surrounding Bomas, 7th February 2017


Introduction and Context

As part of the BBR (Beyond Bentiu Response) Mercy Corps established a light base camp in Nhialdiu town. This was to ensure agencies static presence to ensure quality in programs as well as support partners who were offering humanitarian services to IDPs and host communities in Nhialdiu town and surrounding bomas in the Payam. The base supported various responses from Mercy Corps, including FSL, WASH, Education and Shelter/NFI programs.

Security situation from January – September 2017 was relatively calm1 with Nhialdiu town being controlled by government forces and IO forces controlling far bomas and environs of Nhialdiu town. However in 20th September humanitarian staff were evacuated from Nhialdiu, with clashes following in 24th September 2016. The second attack from IO forces was more severe on 12th November a day after humanitarians had arrived in Nhialdiu.

There has been no access to Nhialdiu because of insecurity and ongoing tension between government and IO forces in the county. Humanitarians have been un-able to reach the location due to lack of road access and continued attacks on the roads by armed unknown groups.

An inter-agency assessment was conducted to check the needs on ground and prepare for a response.The assessment team utilized four hours ground time to conduct the assessment with teams moving on foot from Nhialdiu town to the environs (different bomas within 1-1.30 hrs walking distance)