Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Nigeria - South Sudan
TitleDaily Noon Briefing Highlights: Nigeria - South Sudan
NYC camp in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria, 10 February 2021. © OCHA/Christina Powell
Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 16 March 2021
UN and humanitarian partners today in Abuja, Nigeria, launched the country’s 2021 Humanitarian Response Plan. It’s seeking US$1 billion to help 6.4 million of the most vulnerable people among 8.7 million people in need of some form of humanitarian assistance.
Most of the assistance will go towards the response to the humanitarian crisis in the north-eastern states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe. More than 5 million people in the region risk acute hunger in the upcoming lean season because of escalating conflict, displacement, and livelihood disruptions due to COVID-19 restrictions. This is the worst outlook in four years.
The conflict in north-east Nigeria is now in its twelfth year and this is the sixth year that the international community is working together with the Government of Nigeria to reduce protection risks and provide basic services, including shelter, health, water and sanitation, education, food and livelihood opportunities.
Last year, just over half of the funding needed for the 2020 Humanitarian Response Plan was received.
Despite the low funding, humanitarian partners helped over 5 million people last year. They averted malnutrition for more than 2 million children and reached 2 million people with protection services, including sexual and gender-based violence prevention and response, enhanced mine awareness, and support in addressing housing, land and property concerns.
South Sudan’s aid appeal was also launched today. It requests $1.7 billion in funding to reach 6.6 million people with life-saving assistance and protection this year.
South Sudan is facing its highest levels of food insecurity and malnutrition since independence 10 years ago.
The country is also expected to see devastating flooding again this year. Last year and in 2019 flooding affected almost 1 million people.
Violence and localized conflicts in many parts of the country have pushed up humanitarian needs, with the effects of COVID-19 on markets, services and people’s ability to move increasing vulnerability.
The upcoming May to July lean season is likely to be the most severe on record. The immediate priorities in the humanitarian response plan are to sustain deliveries in the most food insecure areas, and to prepare for the upcoming rainy season forecast to lead once again to major floods.