“As in previous conflicts in this territory, today, the humanitarian community stands in solidarity with all those who suffer here. We are fully committed to the humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence as we deliver life-saving assistance to the millions of South Sudanese who, instead of enjoying peace in their nation, live in a state of fear, hunger, illness and destitution.” Statement by the Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim, Mr. Ahmed Warsame, on the occasion of South Sudan’s fourth celebration of independence on 9 July 2015.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), as of 7 July 2015, 769 cholera cases including 34 deaths have been reported in Juba County (Central Equatoria State) and in Bor (Jonglei State). In Juba County, 710 cases including 33 deaths (case fatality rate/CFR 4.6 per cent) have been reported from 75 villages in eight Payams. In Bor, 59 cases including one death (CFR 1.7 per cent) were reported from Malou (29 cases) and 16 cases from other areas around Bor. On 3 July, UNHCR and partner ACROSS conducted a rapid assessment in Gorom refugee camp, where there have been five cases but no deaths.
On 5 July 2015, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) personnel heard a gunshot that came from the northern perimeter of the Protection of Civilians (POC) site near Bentiu (Unity State). UNMISS personnel responded promptly and found the body of an internally displaced person (IDP) with a gunshot wound in the back. Eyewitnesses told UNMISS that two armed men in military uniforms were seen inside the POC site and fired the shot that killed the IDP. The gunmen then left the POC site and fled into the surrounding bush. The identities and motives of the assailants remain unknown and UNMISS is currently investigating the shooting incident.