South Sudan

Residents of Juba arrive at the UN compound on December 20, 2013 where they sought shelter
Civilians fleeing the fighting in South Sudan have taken refuge at U.N. peacekeeping bases, including the one in the capital, Juba.

Key Developments

Relief agencies continue efforts to improve drainage systems at the UNMISS PoC site in Bentiu, where renewed flooding is affecting already difficult living conditions for internally displaced persons (IDPs).

The IPC Technical Working Group released an updated food security classification on August 26, indicating that most areas of Jonglei, Unity, and Upper Nile states remain at Crisis—IPC 3—and Emergency—IPC 4—levels of food insecurity and food and nutrition assistance have mitigated food insecurity in hard-to-reach areas of Unity.5 However, renewed fighting could negatively affect the tenuous food security situation.

A second barge convoy carrying humanitarian commodities is preparing to depart Juba town, Central Equatoria State, to supply food assistance to vulnerable populations along the White Nile River, the U.N. and relief actors report. The first successful humanitarian convoy since the conflict began traveled from Juba to Upper Nile in mid-August.










Total USAID and State Assistance to South Sudan


*These figures are current as of August 8, 2014


Since gaining independence from Sudan on July 9, 2011, South Sudan has confronted a number of humanitarian challenges, including population movements and returnee integration. Ongoing conflict in Sudan’s Two Areas of Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan continues to result in refugee flows into South Sudan, straining scarce resources. In addition, many of the people displaced by violence in 2011 from areas north of the River Kiir in the disputed Abyei Area continue to reside in South Sudan. In the two and a half years since people of South Sudanese origin began returning from Sudan on a large scale directly before and after independence, vulnerable communities in South Sudan have struggled to accommodate more than 700,000 new arrivals, many of whom are rebuilding lives and livelihoods with few resources from which to draw. Inter-communal violence and general insecurity also persist in several parts of the country, particularly in Jonglei State, where fighting has led to significant displacement and deteriorating humanitarian conditions.

Lingering effects from more than 20 years of north-south conflict, poverty, and continued tension with Sudan, which led to a cessation of oil exports in 2012 that damaged South Sudan’s economy, compound the humanitarian situation. Confronting deteriorating economic conditions, populations are less able to cope with shocks and increasingly rely on the humanitarian community for basic food and non-food assistance. However, insecurity, bureaucratic harassment of relief organizations, logistical challenges, and Government of the Republic of South Sudan-imposed restrictions constrain humanitarian activities across the country, hindering the delivery of critical assistance to populations in need.

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Last updated: September 08, 2014

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