WFP South Sudan Situation Report #224, 20 July 2018

Report
from World Food Programme
Published on 20 Jul 2018

In Numbers

7.1 million people facing severe food insecurity between May-July 2018 (IPC February 2018)

2.6 million people assisted by WFP in May 2018 1.76 million internally displaced people (OCHA)

2.47 million South Sudanese refugees (UNHCR) 202,776 seeking shelter with the UN (UNMISS)

Highlights

  • WFP signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare of South Sudan, which seeks to address chronic food insecurity through gender equality as well as to strengthen social protection systems. Particularly, WFP and the government will partner to improve biometric registration of the vulnerable population.

  • WFP has successfully negotiated humanitarian access to different locations across Mayendit county, Unity state, and has arrived on the ground to initiate its response along with partners.

Situation Update

  • The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a report with findings on the investigations about the recent fighting involving Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and SPLA in Opposition (SPLA-IO), between April and May in Southern Unity. The report accuses South Sudanese government forces and allied militias of potential “war crimes”. OHCHR has called on the government to immediately stop attacks on civilians, launch investigations into human rights violations and hold the perpetrators accountable. WFP is looking for avenues to support the OHCHR recommendations as part of the One UN response to South Sudan. WFP programming applies a Do No Harm approach to ensure that unintended consequences to the conflict are mitigated. The Country Office is exploring synergies between peacebuilding, conflict sensitivity and food insecurity.

WFP Response

  • WFP has delivered 1,894 mt of food commodities through the Integrated Rapid Response Mechanism (IRRM) over the past two weeks, assisting 101,730 people in five counties (Nassir, Uror, Panyikang, Ayod and Ulang). The IRRM provides opportunities to support multi-sector responses. Its mobile teams, supported by WFP’s operational capacity, reach populations facing the most urgent needs in the most inaccessible areas of the country. As part of the IRRM, UNICEF provides access to safe water, deworming, vitamins, vaccination and family tracing, while FAO distributes emergency seeds and livelihood kits.

  • After facing challenges in responding to the needs of conflictaffected populations in Unity state, WFP has successfully negotiated humanitarian access to different locations across Mayendit county (Mayendit town, Dablual and Thaker) and has arrived on the ground to initiate its response along with partners.

While WFP plans to deliver a 15-day ration composed of specialized nutritious food, UNICEF and the Shelter Cluster will provide further coverage for health, nutrition, WASH and shelter.