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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Nigeria - South Sudan

13 Aug 2020

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Dalori 2 camp for internally displaced people, Borno State, Nigeria, March 2020. Credit: OCHA

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 13 August 2020

Nigeria: Humanitarian community calls for ramped up support to vulnerable people in the north-east

The humanitarian community in Nigeria has today called for greater support for vulnerable people in the north-eastern part of the country amid a significant deterioration in people’s living conditions and in the security situation since the beginning of the year.

Speaking at an online High-Level Briefing today, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Edward Kallon said that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the dire humanitarian situation in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states, and risks wreaking havoc on the most vulnerable population.

He said that the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance in the three states is the highest ever recorded – at least 10.6 million people need assistance to survive.

The humanitarian community is providing food to more than 2.5 million people. Violent attacks continue to prevent people from reaching their lands and rebuilding their livelihoods. Every year of the crisis, an additional 1 million people have become food insecure.

The steep rise in prices, as well as movement restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, have caused insufferable shocks. An estimated 4.3 million people are now facing food insecurity at crisis or emergency levels.

Despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and growing insecurity in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states, humanitarian organizations have reached 2.6 million people with assistance during the first half of the year. In 2019, UN and partner non-governmental organizations (NGOs) reached more than 5.2 million people.

UN and partner NGOs are collectively appealing for US$1.08 billion to provide urgent aid to 7.8 million people. Five months to the end of the year, less than a third of the funding has been received.

South Sudan: Flooding response in Bor

In South Sudan, OCHA reports that coordinated humanitarian response is under way to help 26,000 people in Bor South County affected by flooding along the Nile River in recent months.

This assistance comes on top of previous assistance provided to more than 10,000 people living along the riverbank in Bor town in July, including emergency food rations, fishing kits, emergency shelter, and health and nutrition services.

Approximately 16,600 conflict-displaced people who had earlier fled fighting in neighbouring Twic East and are now staying in Bor town also received humanitarian assistance.

This brings the number of people affected my floods and conflict in Bor town to Approximately 53,000.

The UN Mission in South Sudan engineering troops, with WFP providing equipment, is repairing broken dykes in Bor town. IOM and UNHCR have donated more than 10,000 sandbags to fill broken sections of the dykes while repairs continue.

On 12 August, OCHA accompanied Government, donor, UN and NGO partners on a high-level mission to Bor and Pibor, to see first-hand the affected areas, and meet with local authorities and flood-affected people to advocate for more support and funding.

The main needs of the affected people include food, health, water and sanitation hygiene, non-food items, livelihoods support and protection, according to an inter-agency needs assessment conducted in early August.