Ongoing conflict in South Sudan has had a domino effect on the nation's health. Here, David Traynor, Concern's Programme Quality Coordinator explains what is being done to remedy this, with support from the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations.
Conflict: The cause of malnutrition
Responding to the imposition of an arms embargo on South Sudan by the UN Security Council, Seif Magango, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, said:
“The UN Security Council’s much-anticipated vote to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan is a step in the right direction towards minimizing harm to civilians in the war-torn nation. This decision is long overdue and critically needed to cut off the flow of weapons into the country.”
The Security Council today decided to extend its sanctions regime in South Sudan and impose a travel ban and assets freeze on two high-ranking individuals — an act South Sudan’s representative described as a “slap in the face” to those engaged in his country’s ongoing peace negotiation process.
ACT member the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is active in South Sudan, working to address the needs of conflict-affected communities, returnees and vulnerable groups through various projects to enhance the provision of basic services and sustainable livelihoods. One such programme is UMCOR’s Food Security Project which supports and empowers families to engage in sustainable agriculture and food security programmes.
Ongoing conflict in Jonglei continued to negatively affect humanitarian needs among the population in the first quarter of 2018. Clashes between armed groups and pervasive insecurity, particularly in northern Jonglei caused displacement among affected communities, negatively impacting the ability to meet their primary needs.
The Executive Secretary of IGAD Amb. (Eng.) Mahboub Maalim on the occasion of the 34th IGAD Committee of Ambassadors, which was convened today in Addis Ababa, commended the IGAD Heads of States and Governments under the leadership of the IGAD Chair who is also the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Dr. Ahmed Abiy in moving forward the peace process of South Sudan and normalizing the relationship between Ethiopia and Eritrea.
JUBA, South Sudan, 12 July 2018 – “Today (12 July) we visited Tambura, in Western Equatoria, South Sudan, which in recent weeks has witnessed an influx of over 18,000 IDPs following an escalation of fighting in the surrounding areas. Having been driven from their homes and fled to safety they are in urgent need of safe shelter and humanitarian assistance. The delegation included OCHA, UNICEF, UNHCR, UNMISS, WFP, and World Vision.
Arms Embargo Is Needed Now
“How can I forget the sight of an old man whose throat was slit with a knife before being set afire?” a 14-year-old girl was quoted as saying in a new United Nations report, laying bare the suffering of South Sudan’s civilians at the hands their own government.
According to REACH data, reported adequate access to food and services increased slightly over the first quarter of 2018 in Unity State. Nonetheless, incidents of conflict, in particular counties such as Koch1 , environmental and security challenges that undermined livelihoods, and an increasing reliance on humanitarian assistance suggest that populations in parts of Unity State will remain vulnerable in the coming lean season.
In the week of South Sudan’s seventh anniversary of independence, Christian Aid’s Senior Adviser on South Sudan, Natalia Chan, explores prospects for peace in the young country.
As South Sudan marks another independence anniversary this week, many South Sudanese will wonder what it all really means. Since 2013, their country has collapsed into multiple conflicts over resources, power and identity.
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In the abandoned town and villages of Pageri County, community members are gradually and voluntarily returning from refugee camps in Uganda and Kenya. Over 300 returnees have resettled in Pageri in recent months, after having fled the area following the crisis in 2016.
The people of Pageri have cited the occupation of cattle from the Jonglei region, and the distrustful relationship between them and the army’s Tiger battalion, as hindrances to their return.
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(Juba/New York, 11 July 2018)
Business is booming in the town of Yambio.
The markets are bustling with families buying vegetables and fruit. Bodabodas are busy transporting people across town. A hair and nail salon is doing a brisk business as women pop out for a lunchtime pampering session.
But it’s a different story at night. That’s when most locals in this South Sudanese community hunker down in their homes as armed criminals harass, loot and beat people.
Author Andrew Edward Tchie Conflict and Policy Advisor on Syria, Senior Visiting Research Follow Kings College London Centre for Conflict and Health, Visiting Researcher at PRIO, and PhD Candidate at University of Essex., University of Essex