“The number of South Sudanese refugees sheltering in neighboring countries has passed the 1 million mark. With this milestone, South Sudan joins Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia as countries which have produced more than a million refugees. Most of the recent arrivals have crossed into Uganda. Aid agencies are finding it difficult to provide assistance for the hundreds of thousands in need, including the 1.61 million internally displaced. UNICEF is now warning that without funding and support, it will continue to provide assistance only to the needy” (CCTV Africa, 2016)
- The resurgence of violence in July and August resulted in increased inflow of civilians into Protection of Civilian (POC) sites, particularly in Juba and Wau.
- Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that there are now 197,000 internally-displaced population (IDP) seeking shelter in UN protected sites across South Sudan.
- At the UN House POC site in Juba, the number of IDPs has reached 37,200 following the fighting between government and opposition forces.
- In Wau, more than 2,500 new civilians have arrived in various IDP camps in August.
- In Bentiu, the POC site is now host to some 98,600 IDPs.
- 78 health facilities have been damaged across the country and among those forced to flee by the violence were health workers, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.
- The conflict has hindered movement of civilians, affecting their access to health services. The dire situation increases risks of maternal mortality for pregnant women, as well as protection issues for women and girls in general.
- Several pregnant who fled the fighting in Leer and Mayendit Counties have travelled for days on foot to reach the Bentiu POC site.
- In the semi-urban areas of Rubkona and Bentiu town, young people are looking for opportunities for livelihood and economic activities.
UNFPA Assistance to Humanitarian Needs
The United Nations Population Fund works with the Government, donors and other partners to deliver lifesaving reproductive health services, including prevention and management of gender-based violence, to the crisisaffected population especially women and young people.
Sexual and Reproductive Health
- UNFPA has delivered emergency reproductive health kits and other supplies to various partners for Central Equatorial, Upper Nile region, including Maban County,
Cueibet State, Yei, Nimule, Aweil and Bentiu.
- Additional RH Kits, medicines and dignity kits worth USD320,000 are expected to arrive in early September.