• Peace celebrations commemorating the Revitalized Agreement on Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) took place on 31 October in Juba. Participants included Presidents of Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia, Somalia and the Prime Minister of Egypt, as well as representatives of the African Union, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the United Nations.
Ongoing conflict in Jonglei continued to negatively affect humanitarian needs in the second quarter of 2018. The onset of the peak lean season saw deteriorating food security conditions in many locations across the state.
Clashes between armed actors and pervasive insecurity, particularly in the Greater Akobo area caused displacement among affected communities, negatively impacting the ability of populations to meet their primary needs.
In South Sudan, ICRC has been reconnecting families for over 30 years through satellite phone calls and Red Cross Messages – letters that share news between family members.
Phone calls are offered in various displacement sites where the Red Cross is present as well as whenever teams carry out an activity—like a distribution of food or household items—where communication channels are inexistent. The phone calls are free to anywhere in the world and last three minutes long for each person.
Mary Nyamayi Tut, the chairlady of the displaced women who have sought sanctuary at the UN protection site 3 in Juba, believes that if hatred and hate speech is pervasive among South Sudanese communities, conflict will not stop.
“It’s better to sit down, talk to each other, reconcile, and see how to overcome hatred and hate speech,” she said during a workshop on combating hate speech, organized by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
Eastern Lakes continued to be affected by intercommunal violence and cattle raids, particularly in areas near county borders. Throughout the third quarter of 2018, most indicators remained relatively low but stable, which suggests that critical barriers to access to food and basic services persisted in the region. Furthermore, food insecurity remained high, particularly in Yirol East and Yirol West Counties, as the lack of rain further added to the challenges in crop production between July and September 2018.
In October, the number of displaced people continued to rise to 1.97 million people. A total of 32,113 displaced people were registered in Juba’s two Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites, marking an 18 per cent drop since 2016 figures. Almost half of the decrease is due to the relocation of 3,379 people following inter-communal tensions in September. Civilians were reported to have been displaced from Minyori following continued fighting around Yei, Central Equatoria. Of those displaced, more than 629 have been identified in Yei town.
UNMISS “Protection of Civilians” (PoC) Sites
As of 15 November 2018, a total of number of civilians seeking safety in six Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 194,874 including 114,652 in Bentiu, 29,190 in Malakal, 32,113 in Juba UN House, 2,267 in Bor, and 147 in UNMISS base and 16,505 in the area adjacent to UNMISS in Wau “.
16 NOVEMBER 2018
8403RD MEETING (AM)
With a new roadmap for peace in South Sudan facing persistent challenges, the integral involvement of women is vital, along with international support to ensure that the country’s leaders fulfil their responsibilities, the head of United Nations peacekeeping told the Security Council today.
Risk of Famine (IPC Phase 5) persists in Yemen and South Sudan
Famine (IPC Phase 5) risk persists and substantial scale-up of assistance needed
The Dr. John Garang Memorial University of Science and Technology in Bor has something new to take pride in: A newly-established Peace Centre, thanks to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), with support from the Republic of Korea.
“As we open this centre, South Sudan is entering a new era. Era of peace, tranquility and development,” Jonglei State Governor Philip Aguer told the gathering during the Centre’s official opening ceremony.
US$51.4 million allocated to support priority activities
The South Sudan Humanitarian Fund has received US$77.5 million as of the 26 October 2018. The contributions include $19.6 million carried over from 2017, refunds ($2.5m) and $55.4 million deposited in 2018 from Sweden ($9.5m), Germany ($9.2m), Netherlands ($9.1m), UK ($8.5m), Belgium ($4.9m), Ireland ($4.8m), Norway ($4.6m), Australia ($2.6m), Switzerland ($1.0m), Canada ($0.6m) and Luxembourg ($0.4m). An additional $8.6 million is expected by the end of the year.