Sudan: Humanitarian Bulletin | Issue 8 | 13 – 26 March 2017 [EN/AR]
• New corridor for the delivery of humanitarian aid to Bentiu,
South Sudan, from Sudan.
• 8,000 people, who fled their homes in East Darfur due to inter-communal violence, have arrived in El Lait, North Darfur.
• 68% of households in Sudan have access to improved water sources.
• Ireland donates €3 million (US$3.3 million) to the Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SHF).
FIGURES 201 7 HRP
# people in need in Sudan (2017 HNO) 4.8 million
# people in need in Darfur (2017 HNO) 3 million
GAM caseload (2017 HNO) 2.2 million
South Sudanese refugee arrivals in Sudan - since 15 Dec 2013 (registered by UNHCR) - as of 15 March 2017 351,000
Refugees of other nationalities (registered by UNHCR) - as of 31 Oct 2016 140,626
566.8 million US$ received in 2016
58.3% Reported funding (as of 26 March 2017)
New aid corridor from El Obeid, Sudan to Bentiu in South Sudan
On 26 March, the Government of Sudan announced the opening of a new humanitarian corridor for humanitarian assistance to be delivered by the World Food Programme (WFP) from El Obeid in central Sudan to Bentiu, a town in Unity State, South Sudan, where 100,000 people are enduring famine amid a deepening humanitarian crisis across the country. The new northern corridor will ensure that food assistance rapidly reaches vulnerable communities in South Sudan before the onset of the rainy season.
WFP will be moving an initial delivery of 11,000 metric tonnes (MT) of sorghum— including 1,000 MT donated by the Government of Sudan—in seven convoys of 30 to 40 trucks, which is enough to feed 300,000 people for three months. The convoys will take up to one week to complete the 500km journey.
The first convoy will transport 1,200 MT of sorghum in 27 trucks by early April. The humanitarian corridor will not only allow for the timely delivery of food aid, but will also help reduce reliance on air operations, which cost six to seven times as much as moving food by river and road. Meanwhile, WFP continues to use the existing corridor in Kosti, White Nile State, to reach people in need in Renk, South Sudan. Since November 2014, WFP has delivered 57,900 MT to over 200,000 people in Renk, of which 3,490 MT was delivered in 2017.
At least 7.5 million people across South Sudan—almost two thirds of the population— need humanitarian assistance. Sudan is currently hosting over 350,000 South Sudanese refugees, who have arrived since the conflict erupted in December 2013.
WFP and the US support food insecure people in Sudan and South Sudan
On 20 March, WFP said in a statement that two US ships docked in Port Sudan and over 47,880 MT of sorghum was unloaded, over 20,000 MT of which will be transported through Sudan into South Sudan. In March and April, more ships will arrive from the US with an additional 47,500 MT of sorghum, 5,000 MT of lentils and 1,700 MT of vegetable oil, destined to provide assistance to South Sudanese refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Sudan.
In 2017, WFP plans to assist more than 4.4 million vulnerable people in Sudan—IDPs, refugees, climate-affected populations, and host communities—through a range of activities, including emergency food aid, cash-based transfers, nutritional support, and resilience-building activities to help communities become independent.