(Juba, 16 May 2018): UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, concluded his two-day mission to South Sudan today, calling for all parties to cease hostilities, amidst fresh fighting that has displaced tens of thousands of people in multiple locations across the country.
During his two-day visit, Mr. Lowcock met with Government officials, members of SPLA-in Opposition, humanitarian agencies, and partners. He also visited people affected by the crisis in Juba, Yei Town and Mundu. The latter is an SPLA-IO controlled area.
(Juba, 30 April 2018): Ten aid workers who were detained while on an assessment mission near Yei, Central Equatoria, have been freed. The humanitarian workers were held by an armed opposition group in South Sudan for more than five days, since 25 April.
The humanitarian staff, all nationals, included one from UNOCHA, two from UNICEF, one from the South Sudanese Development Organisation, (SSDO), two from ACROSS, three from Plan International and one from Action Africa Help (AAH).
(Juba, 26 April 2018): Ten aid workers have gone missing outside South Sudan’s Yei town in Central Equatoria region.
Their convoy was en route to Tore from Yei town, early on 25 April to conduct a humanitarian needs assessment. Their whereabouts and well-being are unknown. The Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Alain Noudehou demanded their swift return.
(Juba, 10 April 2018): The Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Alain Noudehou, has strongly condemned the killing of an aid worker in Bentiu, Unity, and called for the immediate and unconditional release of seven others abducted by an armed group in Morobo County,
The Humanitarian Coordinator, Alain Noudehou, led a high-level delegation of donors, heads of humanitarian agencies and partners to Leer in the Unity region of South Sudan to see firsthand the plight of the 90,000 people living in the area.
The delegation met with the Governor of Leer, community leaders and aid agencies who are currently assisting tens of thousands of people across the region.
(Juba, 20 December 2017): The Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Alain Noudéhou has today welcomed news of the safe return of the six aid workers who went missing four days ago in South Sudan’s Western Bahr el Ghazal region.
The six aid workers, including one international and five national staff, working with Solidarités International, HealthNet TPO, and AFOD, are all accounted for. The Humanitarian Coordinator commends all those who worked to ensure the safe return of the NGO staff and particularly the efforts of the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP).
(Juba, 19 December 2017): The Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Alain Noudéhou has expressed grave concern over six aid workers who went missing on Sunday, 17 December 2017, on the road between Wau and Raja in South Sudan’s Western Bahr el Ghazal region.
(Juba, 13 December 2017): The humanitarian community in South Sudan has today launched an appeal for US$1.72 billion to provide critical and life-saving assistance to 6 million people affected by conflict, displacement, hunger and a deteriorating economy.
“There is growing need for humanitarian assistance with displacement, food insecurity, malnutrition, violence and economic decline taking a toll on the health, safety and livelihoods of people in need,” said Alain Noudéhou, the Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan.
(Juba, 29 November 2017): The Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Alain Noudéhou, has strongly condemned the attack that took place on 28 November in Duk Payuel village, Duk County, which resulted in at least 45 people killed, including six people working with two NGOs. Reports indicate that another 19 people were injured, including three aid workers.
“It is outrageous that civilians and humanitarians providing assistance continue to be targeted,” said Mr. Noudéhou. “I call on all armed elements to respect civilians and aid workers, wherever they are in the country.”
(Juba, 13 November 2017): The Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Alain Noudéhou, has welcomed President Salva Kiir Mayardit’s decree ordering free, unimpeded and unhindered movement of humanitarian organizations in the country.
Co-chairs’ summary issued on behalf of Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr. Mark Lowcock; African Union Commissioner for Political Affairs, H.E. Ms. Minata Samate Cessouma; and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway, H.E. Mr. Børge Brende
On 20 September 2017, we hosted a high-level meeting to draw international attention to the escalating humanitarian crisis in South Sudan with participation from United Nations Member States, regional organizations, UN partners and members of the civil society.
(Juba, 18 August 2017): On the eve of World Humanitarian Day, the Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim (a.i.) for South Sudan, Serge Tissot, called for an immediate end to attacks against civilians and aid workers as conflict continues in South Sudan. “We continue to witness increasing, deliberate and unprovoked attacks against civilians and aid workers in South Sudan. This should not be accepted as the norm,” said Mr. Tissot. “We urge the public make an overarching call to action: Civilians and Aid workers are #NotATarget.”
(Juba, 20 July 2017): The Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim (a.i.) for South Sudan, Mahimbo Mdoe, has expressed concern regarding recent threat letters issued against aid workers in at least three locations in South Sudan: Bor in Jonglei, Torit in Eastern Equatoria and Mankien in Unity.
(Juba, 22 June 2017): The Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Eugene Owusu, today welcomed the findings of the latest Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) data which highlight that early warning and the mobilization of a large-scale, multi-sectoral humanitarian response, have eased famine in Leer and Mayendit counties, and prevented it in Koch and Panyijiar counties, in South Sudan.
(Juba, 15 April 2017): The Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Eugene Owusu, has expressed shock and outrage after being informed of the killing of three workers involved in the delivery of vital food aid in Wau, less than one week after he called for an end to all attacks against aid workers in South Sudan.
(Juba, 8 April 2017): Following a week which saw attacks against both aid workers and civilians, the Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Eugene Owusu, demanded that parties to the conflict uphold their responsibilities to protect civilians and ensure the safety and security of humanitarians.
(Juba, 26 March 2017): The Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Eugene Owusu, has strongly condemned the killing of six aid workers in an ambush on 25 March. The aid workers were travelling from Juba to Pibor.
“I am appalled and outraged by the heinous murder yesterday of six courageous humanitarians in South Sudan,” said Mr. Owusu. “At a time when humanitarian needs have reached unprecedented levels, it is entirely unacceptable that those who are trying to help are being attacked and killed.”
(Juba, 5 March 2017): Concluding a two-day visit to South Sudan – two weeks after localized famine was declared in Mayendit and Leer counties – the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, called for immediate and unhindered access to people in need of aid and urgent funding for the humanitarian appeal. “Yesterday, I visited Ganyiel, where I met with people who had fled fighting, fear and famine in Leer and Mayendit, as well as hunger and insecurity in Lakes,” said the Emergency Relief Coordinator.
WHO: Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
WHAT: Mission to South Sudan
WHEN: 4-5 March 2017
WHERE*: Ganyiel in Panyyijiar County and Juba
Insecurity forces relocation of 28 aid workers from famine-hit Mayendit
(Juba, 28 February 2017): A week after localized famine was declared in parts of South Sudan, the Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Eugene Owusu, has appealed to all parties to ensure immediate, safe and unhindered access across the country.