$50.8 million allocated by the South Sudan Humanitarian Fund since the beginning of 2017 Deposits
In September, humanitarian organizations continued to experience a growing number of impediments in accessing conflict-affected people in many locations in South Sudan. 101 access incidents were reported by partners. About 65 per cent of the incidents involved violence against humanitarian personnel and assets.
In September, fighting and insecurity continued to force civilians out of their homes, particularly in Unity and Upper Nile. Many of those had been displaced several times in recent months. In Unity, fighting and insecurity in Koch, Mayendit, and Rubkona counties forced the relocation of aid workers, suspension of food distribution and medical evacuation of civilians. In Upper Nile, fighting in and around Aburoc, on the western bank of the River Nile, on 11 September, reportedly led to civilian deaths, displacement and forced the temporary relocation of aid workers.
In August, the number of South Sudanese seeking refuge in neighbouring countries reached the 2 million mark. Of those, 1 million are in Uganda. Fighting in the Equatorias and Upper Nile continue to displace thousands of people. According to health partners, the cholera outbreak was declining due to the multi-sectoral response in the affected areas.
In August, the number of South Sudanese seeking refuge in neighboring countries reached the 2 million mark, the highest number of refugees since South Sudan gained independence in 2011. Of those, 1 million are in Uganda. In August, thousands fled fighting in Yei, Kajo-keji, Kapoeta North, Mundri West, Morobo and Maridi counties. More people also fled to Ethiopia and Sudan following clashes in Aburoc and Pagak in Upper Nile during the month.
$28.1 million approved for the 2017 second standard allocation to support most critical and time-sensitive life-saving activities in the second half of 2017
In July, fighting in the Greater Equatoria region and Upper Nile drove further population displacement. In Central Equatoria, government forces allegedly attacked a civilian settlement on the outskirts of Yei town, leaving many dead. More clashes were reported about five kilometres outside Yei town. Heavy fighting was also reported between opposition and government forces in Jalei, Kajo-keji County. In Western Equatoria, fighting between opposition and government forces was reported in Lanyi, Mundri West County, leaving dozens dead, including civilians.
In July 2017, 136 access incidents were reported by the humanitarian community in South Sudan. Out of these, 49 involved violence against personnel and assets, once again illustrating the increasingly dangerous and risky environment in which humanitarians are operating.
Food insecurity reached unprecedented levels in South Sudan in June, with an estimated 6 million people (50 per cent of the population) projected to be severely food insecure, including 1.7 million on the brink of famine. Although the mobilization of a large-scale multi-sectoral humanitarian response was able to halt the localized famine declared in Leer and Mayendit in Unity in February, 45,000 people were estimated to be facing Catastrophic (IPC Level 5) food insecurity. June saw an overall reduction in armed clashes compared to May.
Over 1.9 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance and protection in South Sudan and neighboring countries. Since the beginning of the conflict in December 2013, CERF has allocated nearly $263 million. With CERF support, UN agencies and partners have delivered $97 million worth of live-saving assistance in South Sudan and nearly $165 million to South Sudanese refugees in neighboring countries.