In northern South Sudan a camp for families displaced by fighting has become the second largest settlement in the country after the capital, Juba. For humanitarian workers there to assist them, life has few comforts, but many rewards.
By Simon Crittle
The South Sudan National Dialogue Secretariat and the Association of Media Development in South Sudan (AMDISS) held a forum on 18 January 2017 to assess the state of freedom of expression and media ‘role in peacebuilding and to discuss the importance of Access to Information and Safety for all stakeholders during the National Dialogue process.
CONTEXT AND METHODOLOGY
Nyal town is located in Northern Panyijiar County, Unity State, along the banks of the Sudd, the third largest swamp in the world. Since the beginning of the crisis, IDPs from Unity and Jonglei States have perceived Nyal as a safe location with ample resources. Recently, Nyal has also become a key location for people travelling to and from nearby islands.
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is seeking $7.5 million to roll out a critically needed emergency livestock vaccination campaign in South Sudan. FAO aims to protect nearly 9 million animals (30 percent of the country's livestock) - scaling up from 6 million in 2017 - to combat increasingly frequent outbreaks of animal diseases. To date, FAO has only a quarter of the funds it needs ($2.5 million out of $10 million).
13 out of a total of 52 villages were deserted (25%);
31 out of 52 villages had water points (60%). In five villages these were non-functional;
52 out of 166 assessed water points are non-functional (31%);
1 out of 13 assessed health facilities was not operating;
In order to respond to future disease outbreaks, training was considered top priority, followed by support in increased public awareness, transport capacities and refrigeration;
South Sudan – Uganda (7 FMPs in Juba, Nimule, Kajo Keji)
Demographic data: 7,575 individuals were recorded going to (4,470 ind., 59%) and coming from (3,105 ind., 41%) Uganda. 57 per cent of those entering and 58 per cent of those leaving South Sudan were female. 17 per cent were under the age of five years.
The community of Gok in the Greater Lakes area has decided to urge its civilian residents to unconditionally hand over their guns to help ensure durable peace prevails in the region.
The decision was one of the outcomes at a dialogue intended to sensitize communities about the current state of emergency and disarmament in the area, following an announcement by the president of South Sudan.
The forum proactively brought together state authorities, chiefs, women and youths to discuss nimble, robust and practical ways forward in the wake of the presidential announcement.
Nepalese peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan have conducted two medical camps, in Cueibet and Bunagok in the Greater Lakes area. In total, some 400 persons, suffering from a wide range of medical conditions, were treated.
As part of the peacekeeping mission’s civilian-military cooperation, licensed doctors belonging to the Nepalese Battalion nimbly yet robustly dealt with patients with headache, pneumonia, bacterial infections, abdominal pains, gynecological diseases, musculoskeletal pains, backache and other conditions.
January 19, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudanese government Friday called on the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to enhance the means of the ceasefire monitoring body pointing to its poor performance.
The demand, which expresses for the first time Juba frustration from the activities of the mechanism, is made one month after the signing of the cessation of hostilities agreement the government and the rebels are largely accused of violating.
2,435,120* Total South Sudanese refugees in the region as of 31 Dec (preand post-Dec 2013 caseload)
668,192* South Sudanese refugee arrivals in 2017, based on field reports as of 31 December
283,409 Refugees in South Sudan and 1.9 million IDPs as of 31 Dec
KEY FIGURES *
63% of the South Sudanese refugee population are children (under the age of 18 years old)
4.61 million Total population of concern (South Sudanese refugees,
South Sudanese IDPs and refugees inside South Sudan)
January 21st, 2017 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society's (QRCS) relief team in South Sudan has completed the distribution of 187 tons of food supplies to 8,000 victims of famine in the Unity State. The $300,000 project was conducted in partnership with Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) and the World Food Programme (WFP).
The needs of the cluster are solidly linked to displacement as a result of conflict, food insecurity, economic deterioration and to lesser extent, but also, disease outbreak. Populations that are subject to these eventualities will require Shelter/NFI emergency support. The cluster differentiates two contexts: inside of camps, including PoCs and other collective sites, and outside of camps.
UNMISS “Protection of Civilians” (PoC) Sites
As of 18 January 2018, the total number of civilians seeking safety in six Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 204,172. This includes 114,245 in Bentiu, 24,424 in Malakal, 38,113 in Juba UN House, 2,296 in Bor, and 147 in the UNMISS base and 24,947 in the area adjacent to UNMISS in Wau.
Uniformed personnel, organized forces, and community leaders in Magwi have renewed their commitment to robustly protecting civilians and upholding human rights principles following a two-day workshop organized by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan.
Musicians and actors spur youth to push for an end to years of violent conflict
Friday, January 19, 2018 / BY: Nicholas Zaremba
David Mozersky; Daniel M. Kammen
An integrated team of ceasefire monitors and staff from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan travelled to the border town of Kaya in Morobo County. With more refugees returning from Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo and UNMISS establishing a base in Yei, the plan is to conduct frequent, robust patrols along the still rather deserted Yei-Kaya road.