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16 Oct 2018 description
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The present report, submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 1612 (2005) and subsequent resolutions, is the second report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict in South Sudan. It contains information on the six grave violations against children that occurred between 1 October 2014 and 30 June 2018, the context in which they took place and identifies, where possible, the perpetrators.

15 Oct 2018 description

New York, 15 October 2018 – The level of violence and brutality endured by children in South Sudan is dismaying said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Virginia Gamba, as a new report shows that more than 9,200 children were verified by the United Nations as victims of grave violations in the close to four years covered by the report (October 2014 – June 2018).

29 Sep 2018 description
report Mercy Corps

Statement from Megan Doherty, Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy, Mercy Corps

Good morning. On behalf of the global humanitarian and peacebuilding organization, Mercy Corps, I thank OCHA for organizing this discussion as well as the panelist, Angelina Nyajima for her powerful words. Her courage in addressing gender-based violence is a model to all of us.

25 Sep 2018 description
report UN News Service

Mayen is South Sudanese. He was forced to flee his home when the conflict started in 2013. Five years later, his voice is resonating in one of the conference rooms of United Nations Headquarters in New York, on the margins of the 73rd General Assembly.

21 Sep 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund


• Since the signing of the peace agreement between the government and the opposition groups on 5 August in Khartoum, incidents of armed conflict have reduced significantly. However, the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) has accused government and SPLA-iO pro-Machar forces of violating the Permanent Ceasefire, following reported clashes in Unity and Bringi on 19 and 21 August, respectively.

17 Sep 2018 description

GENEVA (17 September 2018) -- The Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan called on the Government of the world's youngest state to use the opportunity created by the renewal of the peace agreement to ensure justice and accountability for the victims of the many crimes committed against its population.

07 Sep 2018 description


• UNMISS and relief organizations relocate 3,500 IDPs from Juba PoC site

• Interagency humanitarian convoy reaches Greater Baggari area

• WFP requests $662 million for food and nutrition interventions in 2019


06 Sep 2018 description

The finding of a military court that 10 soldiers were guilty of committing violence against civilians at the Terrain Hotel in Juba, South Sudan, has finally delivered justice for the survivors and the family of the journalist murdered in the attack.

The judges delivered their verdict today and handed down lengthy prison terms for murder, rape and other crimes. The court also ordered the government to pay damages to the victims.

06 Sep 2018 description

South Sudan: Sentencing of soldiers for killing journalist and raping aid workers a step forward for justice Following the conviction and sentencing today of 10 South Sudanese soldiers in connection with the killing of a journalist and rape of aid workers during an attack on the Terrain Hotel in the capital Juba in July 2016, Amnesty International's Deputy Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, Seif Magango said:

06 Sep 2018 description

JUBA – An inter-agency humanitarian convoy has reached Baggari region in South Sudan for the first time since it was cut off in June because of renewed fighting.

A lack of security and of safety guarantees for aid workers has left some 28,000 people in the region, southwest of Wau town, in dire need of humanitarian assistance over recent months.

03 Sep 2018 description

In Numbers

6 million people facing crisis or emergency levels of acute food insecurity between June-July 2018 (Food Security Situation Update)

2.1 million acutely malnourished women and children (HCT)

3.15 million people assisted by WFP in July 2018

27 Aug 2018 description

ZENEBE TEKLEWOLD | With the UN, humanitarian actors and ceasefire monitors still being denied access to conflict-affected areas to the west and southwest of Wau, it is likely that the situation for remaining residents has deteriorated.

Knowing the exact nature of the security and humanitarian situation in areas like Baggari, Bazia and Mboro is impossible, with no access having been permitted since the second week of June, when clashes in these locations erupted.

21 Aug 2018 description

In Numbers

6 million people facing crisis or emergency levels of acute food insecurity between June-July 2018 (Food Security Situation Update)

2.95 million people assisted by WFP in June 2018

1.76 million internally displaced people (OCHA)

2.47 million South Sudanese refugees (UNHCR)

202,776 seeking shelter with the UN (UNMISS)


20 Aug 2018 description

(Juba, 20 August 2018): In commemoration of World Humanitarian Day in South Sudan, the Humanitarian Coordinator, Alain Noudéhou, called for an end to attacks against civilians and aid workers, and the realisation of the peace deal to end the conflict, signed on the 5 August.

Mr Noudéhou said: “Ensuring the safety and security of aid workers in South Sudan has now become a major challenge that continuously hampers humanitarian action. Civilians, including humanitarians and medical workers, are not – and should never be – a target.”