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South Sudan: UNICEF South Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report, 1 – 30 November

Source: UN Children's Fund
Country: South Sudan

Highlights

  • On 27 November, the Ministry of Finance, together with UN agencies, launched the National Development Strategy for South Sudan for the period July 2018 to June 2021.

  • Through UNICEF’s robust advocacy and technical support, the South Sudan Government signed the Civil Registry Act 2018 into law. The Act will see children being registered and receiving their birth certificates.

  • World Children’s Day was celebrated on 20 November, with children taking over the airwaves of three radio stations throughout the day.

  • The Ministry of Health, with support from UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners, implemented a Sub-National Immunization Day campaign, targeting over 2 million children under 5 years with Oral Polio Vaccine along with deworming and Vitamin A supplementation in Central Equatoria, Eastern Equatoria, Western Equatoria, Unity, Jonglei and Upper Nile.

Situation Overview and Humanitarian Needs

Humanitarian access has improved in some areas and deteriorated in others. The secession of hostilities has allowed for renewed access to Greater Baggari, Western Bahr el Ghazal, for the first time since September 2018. UNICEF and partners have taken advantage of this opportunity and are responding to the needs of an estimated 28,000 people in Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) Phase 4 conditions in the area. Similarly, in Central Equatoria, decreases in clashes between government and opposition forces in some areas have allowed UNICEF and partners to conduct several response activities to those affected by the recent fighting. However, the sustainability of access in these areas remains uncertain. At the same time, UNICEF and partners faced 15 reported access incidents in November, including a sharp rise in inter-communal violence, as well as restrictions of movement and bureaucratic impediments, many of which occurred in Jonglei and Unity states. These incidents delayed or prevented programme activities to support approximately 164,000 people in need.

As the dry season approaches, the ability to take advantage of new and existing modalities of transportation, particularly roadways, are likely to improve. In November, the Logistics Cluster reported that it facilitated the transport of 1,261 metric tons of humanitarian cargo by road, air and river to 44 destinations on behalf of 75 organizations, the highest amount of cargo moved in a single month so far in 2018.

On 27 November, the Ministry of Finance, together with UN agencies, launched the National Development Strategy for South Sudan for the period July 2018 to June 2021. The plan seeks to consolidate peace and stabilize the economy through strategic actions in six priority areas: (i) create enabling conditions for and facilitate the voluntary return and integration of displaced South Sudanese; (ii) develop appropriate laws and enforce the rule of law; (iii) ensure secure access to adequate and nutritious food; (iv) silence the guns by facilitating a permanent cessation of hostilities; (v) restore and expand the provision of basic services and; (vi) restore and maintain basic transport infrastructure such as roads and bridges. Speaking at the launch, Vice President Wani Igga read the President’s speech requesting all government offices, development partners and investors to align their programmes and investments with the strategy.

Ugandan army arrests South Sudan artiste over possession of gun in Uganda

The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) has in its custody a South Sudanese musician after he was allegedly found with a gun and bullets. The artiste, Okeny Rom Grace alias “Wangaras Suspect” was allegedly found in Palabek Kal Sub-county in Lamwo District and is currently held at the army 4th Division headquarters in Gulu. The […]

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Ethiopia: ECHO Factsheet – Ethiopia – Last updated 17/12/2018

Source: European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
Country: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan

Introduction

Ethiopia, the second most populous country in Africa, faces a massive internal displacement crisis due to inter-communal violence and conflicts. The displacement crisis started in autumn 2017 and has escalated and spread in the second half of 2018. Meanwhile, there is dramatic political change brought about by the arrival of a new prime minister in 2018, an ongoing refugee influx from South Sudan and Eritrea, and millions of Ethiopians who need emergency food assistance and support to rebuild their livelihoods.

What are the needs?

The number of people forced to leave their homes and move to another place in Ethiopia (internally displaced persons or IDPs) has risen to almost 3 million. About 1.4 million people were forced from their homes in the first half of 2018. This is more than in Syria, Yemen, or the Democratic Republic of Congo and represents the fastest growing displacement crisis in the world. Two-thirds of today’s displaced people have fled inter-communal violence. Ethnic tensions have boiled over into violence; the violence and displacement has spread even further with the sweeping reforms and profound transformation that are undergoing in the country.

Unknown numbers of people have been killed, many were injured and victims of gender-based violence. In some areas, the authorities are inviting the IDPs to return to their place of origin. However, many of the ‘returned’ instead take shelter in sites near their village of origin. All returns should be voluntary, safe, and dignified.

As Ethiopia slowly recovers from two successive droughts, millions of people - in particular farming and herding communities in the south and southeast of the country – need emergency food assistance and support to rebuild their livelihoods.

Ethiopia hosts nearly one million refugees mainly from South Sudan – who are fleeing ongoing war and food insecurity - and Eritrea following the re-opening of the Ethiopia-Eritrea border in 2018. Refugees rely on aid to meet their basic needs including education and protection from gender-based violence.

How are we helping?

In 2018, the European Union has allocated €63 million to help people in need in Ethiopia. The focus is on addressing the most urgent humanitarian needs resulting from conflict-related displacement, the influx of refugees from South Sudan and Eritrea and climate-driven emergencies such as drought and flooding.

The response to the internal displacement (driven by the drought, conflicts and violence) focuses on life-saving interventions. Such interventions ensure the emergency supply of safe water, improved sanitation and hygiene promotion, shelter, food assistance, cash transfers, healthcare including the detection and treatment of malnourished children, and the prevention of and response to disease outbreaks such as cholera.

EU partner humanitarian organisations provide thousands of displaced families with essential items such as plastic sheets as a protection against the elements, mats, blankets, jerry cans, and other household goods. However, they face considerable challenges in trying to access all locations where violence has occurred to conduct independent needs assessments.

EU humanitarian aid to South Sudanese refugees provides shelter and access to safe water and sanitation facilities. Creating a protective environment for the most vulnerable refugees, such as unaccompanied minors and people with disabilities, is a priority. The EU funds food assistance, including e-vouchers that refugees can exchange for fresh food at markets. EU funding also supports the detection and treatment of acutely malnourished children and mothers. Education in emergencies is another priority, providing primary education to refugee children.

In response to the recent influx of Eritreans, the EU has scaled up its support to humanitarian organisations providing shelter and basic assistance to new arrivals.

After heavy floods and landslides in May 2018, which affected more than 320 000 people in the country’s Somali region in the eastern part of the country, the European Union allocated €2 million to provide emergency shelter, clean drinking water, and essential items such as mosquito nets and blankets.

Last updated
17/12/2018

Jose Mourinho sacked as Manchester United manager

Manchester United have sacked manager Jose Mourinho after a dreadful series of results, the Premier League club announced on Tuesday. The 55-year-old Portuguese’s last match in charge was the 3-1 defeat by league leaders Liverpool on Sunday which left them 19 points behind their opponents. “Manchester United announces that manager Jose Mourinho has left the […]

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World: WHO AFRO Outbreaks and Other Emergencies, Week 50: 8 – 14 December 2018 Data as reported by 17:00; 14 December 2018

Source: World Health Organization
Country: Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Princ...

Uganda: Uganda Country Refugee Response Plan: The integrated response plan for refugees from South Sudan, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, January 2019 – December 2020

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, Uganda

Executive Summary

Whilst seeking to meet humanitarian needs, the 2019-2020 RRP also serve as a transition plan towards sustainable refug...

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