Summary: The humanitarian crisis continues to worsen as more people flee the fighting in Sudan, with several thousand individuals, mainly returnees and refugees, crossing over to South Sudanese border areas (as per IOM/UNHCR Population Movement from Sudan to South Sudan).
Despite efforts by IOM, UNHCR and some NGOs at the border areas to keep track of the people entering South Sudan in dire need of assistance, the NGO community is expressing worries that the number is already over 50,000 and more people are arriving than agencies are projecting. NGOs fear that the situation is likely; to exacerbate the worrying humanitarian situation-where, an estimated 9.4 million people in South Sudan, including 2.2 million women, 4.9 million children and 337,000 refugees, are projected to need humanitarian assistance and protection services as per the South Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan 2023.
Date: Attachment: Press release_NGOs in South Sudan appeal for funding to support rising humanitarian needs due to the Sudan Crisis .pdf90.04 KB
Summary: The humanitarian community in South Sudan is calling on regional and international stakeholders; to spare no effort in pushing for an immediate cessation of hostilities, safeguarding of human rights, the establishment of humanitarian corridors out of the worst-affected areas. In addition, NGOs are calling for support in preparing for the humanitarian response in Sudan as well as in neighbouring countries, including South Sudan.Date: Attachment: For Immediate Release_NGOs in South Sudan appalled by fighting in the Sudan.pdf85.07 KB
Summary: With the escalation of subnational violence across large parts of Upper Nile and adjacent areas of Malakal, the protection of civilians from violence as they try; to seek refuge at the Protection of Civilians site (PoC) camp remains paramount, humanitarian organisations are saying.
“We (NGOs) have been registering the daily arrival of people who are running away from insecurity in their communities, including but not limited to Fashoda and Tonga. As a humanitarian community working in the protection site, the fact that the IDPs feel safe inside the PoC other than in the surrounding communities means a lot,” says Cissy Kagaba, NGO Forum Secretariat Director.
“It is important to note that, sadly, we continue to see reports of armed actors pursuing each other across the breadth of Upper Nile, leaving communities at the mercy of these groups.
Past experiences, as told by residents at the PoC, indicate that their safety in the hands of UNMISS continues to be assured, especially during the time of armed violence–regardless of who is involved.
“In light of any near future proposals to position state actors to take over the responsibility of managing displaced populations, especially in Malakal, it is only right at this point for the extension of the UNMISS mandate to allow for engagement of all actors to reconcile efforts in management capacities, redesign of the current site and ensuring respect to diversity and continuity of life,” she says.
Thus, any plans to transition the PoC into an IDP soon should be put on hold until communities whose populations are now seeking protection are safe for return,” she notes.
When the other POCs transitioned into IDP camps two years ago, UNMISS recognized that the complexity of conflict made it unviable to transition the camp as per the principles establishing them. Since then observations of the severity of armed conflict has increased since November 2022 to January 2023.
Date: Attachment: Press Release_Humanitarian situation in Malakal still not ripe to decommission PoC.pdf84.62 KB
Summary: Amidst the recent wave of violence in the Greater Pibor Administrative Area (GPAA) between rival communities, a worsening catastrophe is unfolding, putting women, children and the elderly on the brink of another humanitarian crisis.
Inter-communal conflict & violence that started before Christmas of 2022 and into most of January 2023 in Greater Pibor have left about 50,000 people displaced and in dire need of humanitarian assistance. The situation is worsening, noting that all those displaced have already had horrific two-years of floods coming back to back.
Recently, the Rapid Response Fund by the UN; was allocated to support immediate short-term gaps in the Pibor response, but NGOs are concerned that the conditions will continue to deteriorate as people require food and shelter. Despite the efforts by NGOs to provide critical basic needs, the population in Pibor lives in pessimism as the already dire situation may even worsen. Date: Attachment: Press Release_Urgent attention needed to tackle a worrying humanitarian catastrophe in GPAA (2).pdf112.05 KB
Summary: In a joint statement issued on World Humanitarian Day, NGO fora representing more than 1,500 NGO country-level offices in 17 contexts call attention to the increasingly challenging operational environment for humanitarian actors worldwide, and what can be done about it. The South Sudan NGO Forum is a signatory to the statementDate: Attachment: InterAction-WHD-Brief-FINAL.pdf2.53 MB