South Sudan: Searching for safety
13 February, 2014
“They came to kill us, so we fled.”
Martha Acher’s voice is quiet but steady as she tells the story of the day, in late January, when she and her six children fled their home in Jonglei State. Now Martha and her family are sheltering in a small and dusty compound in...
DRC: UN and partners need $832 million in 2014
7 February, 2014
Representatives from the Government, the UN and wider humanitarian community gathered in Kinshasa this week launch a US$832 million humanitarian plan for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – one of the world’s longest running humanitarian crises.
For the next 12 months,...
South Sudan: Aid groups need $1.27 billion before rains hit
6 February, 2014
Since it first sparked in mid-December, violence in South Sudan has spread to six of the country’s 10 states. In eight short weeks, close to 900,000 people have been displaced from their homes and thousands more are believed to have been killed or injured. An estimated 3.7 million...
Aid worker diary: South Sudanese flock to Kakuma refugee camp
31 January, 2014
Gabriella Waaijman is the Head of OCHA’s Eastern Africa office in Nairobi, Kenya. She travelled last week to the Kakuma refugee camp in north-west Kenya. Hundreds of South Sudanese are arriving there every day, most of them children who have made the journey alone.
I don’t even...
South Sudan: People want peace and reconciliation, says UN Humanitarian Chief
29 January, 2014
UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos wrapped up her three-day mission to South Sudan today highlighting the dire humanitarian situation affecting hundreds of thousands of people in the world’s youngest country.
“People are short of food, living in conditions with poor sanitation...