While there are over 20,000 mt of food for South Sudan in stock in Ethiopia, the total available stock in Juba, Uganda and Mombasa has fallen to 3,500 mt, sufficient for less than one week’s needs. This is indicative of the extent to which donors’ limited response to date is impacting WFP operations. Immediate confirmation of additional donor contributions would trigger the release of urgent needed commodities under the Forward Purchase Facility.
On 06 May, the UN Secretary General visited South Sudan. WFP was able to brief him drawing attention to its difficulties with respect to both access and lack of resources. He was informed that WFP continues to seek Government’s clearance to remobilise Nile river barge operations both from Juba and the north of the country.
UNHCR, WFP and cooperating partners have been preoccupied by rising tensions within Maban refugee camp, which currently houses about 125,000 refugees. This results from rising inter-ethic strains impacting on refugees, UN agencies and NGOs and are compounded by serious food shortages mainly caused by a combination of the military action around Renk (Upper Nile) preventing food deliveries from the north and a lack of aviation fuel in Gambella, Ethiopia, which has recently curtailed airdrops. Following the 10 days distribution made in April, WFP has managed to distribute a five days food ration from 03 to 05 May.
Due to ongoing fighting, access to Unity State remains restricted and is only reachable by air. In Bentiu, WFP team is on the ground and is currently performing the registration process ahead of the next food distribution round. Despite the extremely volatile security conditions, three mobile distribution teams are currently on the ground in Lankien, Motot (Jonglei) and Ganyel (Unity) to provide critical food assistance. In Jonglei, over the past week, WFP and partners have distributed a total of 486 mt of assorted food commodities to 32,227 beneficiaries. This number includes a combined number of IDPs served in Bor and food insecure residents in Pochalla and in Pibor County.
The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification workshop in Yei concluded last week. Findings have been shared with the IPC Emergency Review Committee for technical endorsement and the release is anticipated on 09 May.