For the fourth consecutive year humanitarian agencies are appealing to donors for funding for the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). The unfortunate need for yet another appeal stems from a largely unchanged humanitarian situation. Poverty rates have increased in 2005 compared to 2004, largely because the quality of work is lower and households’ coping mechanisms are increasingly fragile.
The Consolidated Appeal Process (CAP) 2006 will be launched in a new political environment, led by the first democratically elected government since 1993. As in 2004 and 2005, the CAP will strive to ensure continued support for much needed humanitarian assistance during this period of early stabilisation and recovery.
Violence broke out in Juba on 15 December, and quickly spread to other locations. During the first six weeks of the crisis, Central Equatoria, Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile states saw heavy fighting between Government and opposition forces. Other states have been indirectly affected as displaced people have sought safety there. An agreement to cease hostilities was signed on 23 January, but its impact on the humanitarian situation is not yet clear.