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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Afghanistan - South Sudan

06 Oct 2021

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The World Food Programme has been providing life-saving assistance to people in need in Afghanistan. © WFP 

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 6 October 2021

Afghanistan

In a statement released today, several representatives of UN agencies and humanitarian non-governmental organizations in Afghanistan have stressed that we are in a race against time to deliver life-saving aid to crisis-affected people and preposition supplies ahead of winter.

In September, the UN and partners provided food assistance to more than 3.8 million people in Afghanistan; treatment for acute malnutrition to 21,000 children aged 6 months to 59 months and 10,000 women; health-care services to 450,000 people; livelihood support to 160,000 farmers and herders; and water to 186,000 drought-affected people.

The humanitarian community in Afghanistan is committed to delivering unconditional aid to millions of people. To do that, pledges and commitments by donors must urgently be turned into reality. UN Member States are requested to allow the swift and unfettered movement of humanitarian supplies and personnel into and out of Afghanistan, and to provide humanitarian financial exemptions to allow funds to reach aid organizations in the country.

The Flash Appeal that was launched last month for Afghanistan is only 35 per cent funded.

 

South Sudan

The Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim in South Sudan, Matthew Hollingworth, has strongly condemned the latest threat against humanitarian organizations in the Greater Pibor Administrative Area and called for authorities and communities to ensure the safety and security of humanitarian personnel.

On Monday, 4 October, a letter reportedly from a youth group in Pibor was issued, demanding that at least 30 humanitarian personnel leave the area within 72 hours. The youth group accused humanitarian personnel from other parts of the country of occupying positions that they say belong to the local community.

Yesterday, 5 October, more than 80 humanitarian personnel were relocated from the Greater Pibor Administrative Area. Humanitarian activities have been suspended for 48 hours, except for critical activities that must continue to save lives, and will only resume when it is deemed safe to do so.

This latest incident of youth interference will impact response operations to more than 100,000 of the most vulnerable people in the Greater Pibor Administrative Area. 

Mr. Hollingworth, OCHA and the NGO Forum are liaising with the relevant authorities in Pibor and Juba to gain a better understanding of the situation and seek a joint resolution. 

Since the start of the year, humanitarians have been threatened and attacked by youth in Renk in Upper Nile and Torit in Eastern Equatoria, among other places. These attacks have led to the suspension of humanitarian activities and the relocation of workers.