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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Nigeria, South Sudan

23 Aug 2022

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Ummi Umar fetches water at the camp public pump donated by Solidarites International in Maiduguri, Nigeria (Photo: UNOCHA/Damilola Onafuwa)

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights - 23 August 2022

Nigeria

In north-east Nigeria, the number of severe acute malnutrition cases being admitted to treatment facilities has risen by over 30 per cent compared to the same period - January to July - last year.

With the lean season underway, up to 4.1 million people are projected to face acute food shortages in the north-east and the malnutrition situation is quickly deteriorating. Some 8.4 million people in the north-eastern states will need humanitarian aid in 2022. 

In the first quarter of 2022, we and our partners reached 1.8 million people with assistance in the north-east. 1.3 million people received water, sanitation and hygiene assistance and nearly 50,000 people benefited from services to address gender-based violence.  This work was carried out by 114 United Nations and non-governmental organizations working in extremely challenging circumstances and faced with serious underfunding.

Without immediate funding, the situation could deteriorate sharply over the coming weeks marking the peak of the lean season. The 2022 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), requiring US$1.1 billion, is currently funded at only 37 percent. 

South Sudan

Turning to South Sudan, our humanitarian colleagues report that thousands of people have fled to safer areas following the heavy fighting that broke out on 14 August between armed groups in Tonga town and neighbouring areas in Upper Nile State.

We and our humanitarian partners are undertaking assessments to verify the number of displaced people and their needs. The situation is dynamic as some people are still on the move. On 15 August, seven NGOs relocated from Tonga town to neighbouring Malakal town due to fighting and tense security situation. In Malakal, humanitarian partners are mobilizing the response and are working with the authorities to identify possible sites for new arrivals.

On 19 August, an inter-agency assessment team led by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) with the Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) travelled by boat to Agunjuok, in the south, with emergency health, nutrition, and water and sanitation supplies for the people who are displaced from Tonga and surrounding areas.

On 20 August, another inter-agency team assessed the needs of people who had arrived to Adidyang in the north.