• The security situation continues to deteriorate in Unity and Upper Nile States, with humanitarian actors forced to reduce their field presence in several areas. UNICEF has scaled up health, WASH, child protection and gender-based violence prevention services in response to influxes into Bentiu and Malakal PoCs.
• Following the final planned release of 282 boys and 1 girl associated with the Cobra Faction in Labrab, the total number of released children is 1,757, including 5 girls. Around 70 per cent of released children have now returned to their families and are being followed up by the National Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Commission and partners to monitor the children’s reintegration, identify signs of distress and provide support to these children and their families to access broader reintegration services.
• The March round of the Food Security and Nutrition Monitoring System (FSNMS) assessment showed global acute malnutrition (GAM) rates above the 15 per cent emergency threshold in the three conflict affected states as well as the two high burden states of Warrap and Northern Bahr el Ghazal. GAM rates ranged from 15.4 per cent in Upper Nile to 21.1 per cent in Warrap, which is worrying in advance of the lean season from May to July.