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South Sudan: South Sudan: Humanitarian Access Snapshot (July 2018)

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: South Sudan

OVERVIEW

Eighty incidents were reported in July, with most occurring in Unity and Upper Nile (41 per cent). Violence affecting humanitarian personnel and assets continued to represent the majority of incidents (60 per cent).

Grievances related to recruitment of local staff worsened in the Bentiu and Malakal PoC sites, and a demonstration turned violent brought humanitarian compounds and assets under wide scale attack in Maban in Upper Nile. Humanitarian access outside of Wau continued to be restricted for the second consecutive month, while extensive negotiations opened up access to Nagero and Tambura in Western Equatoria, and into central Unity after three months of inaccessibility. Two staff were killed in clearly marked vehicles in Juba and Rumbek East counties.

IMPACT

Extreme violence during the Maban incident resulted in the relocation of up to 400 personnel, suspension of activities with the exception of critical refugee operations, and extensive destruction to humanitarian facilities and assets. Employment related blockages and growing threats by community leaders and youth in the Bentiu and Malakal PoCs sites intensified, with continued disruption of the delivery of critical services to around 140,000 IDPs. Access to the Greater Baggari area continued to be denied by State security forces, affecting the provision of life-saving services to an estimated 28,000 people. Insecurity along the roads persisted in the Equatorias, greatly impacting on humanitarian movement with increasing instances of significant ambushes and related looting. For the second month, Government security forces blocked trucks carrying humanitarian supplies to IDPs in Kajo-Keji county. Interference by the SPLA-iO in humanitarian operations worsened in the Sobat corridor and Greater Fangak areas, with increasing demands and threats against partners. Ten looting incidents affected the delivery of food security and livilehoods, health, nutrition, and WASH activities to thousands of people in Rubkona, Canal, Maban, Wau, and Mundri West.

Overall, 39 per cent of incidents were of a significant level of severity, over half of which involved violence against personnel or assets, including the Maban unrest, attacks on convoys, and severe lootings or compound robberies.

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