Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: South Sudan - Sudan
TitleDaily Noon Briefing Highlights: South Sudan - Sudan
Mandela Mayo, Sudan, October 2020. © OCHA/Indeepvision
Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 30 April 2021
On 28 April, humanitarian staff from a United Nations agency and a national non-governmental organization (NGO) were physically assaulted by youth in separate incidents in Torit town, Eastern Equatoria.
On 24 April, in Jamjang in Ruweng Administrative Area, youth entered an international NGO compound and physically attacked staff, resulting in multiple injuries.
These attacks come amid high levels of youth unemployment in the country and demands by them to be hired by humanitarian organizations.
Some organizations have been forced to relocate staff to safer areas and are limiting movements due to insecurity. Activities have been suspended or scaled down, including critical health and nutrition assistance. Referrals to the state hospital in Torit have been interrupted, while some 40 nutrition centres in Torit are temporarily inaccessible to people.
There are at least 140,000 people in dire need of humanitarian relief in the area. Their needs will deepen if aid workers – many of them South Sudanese – are not able to safely resume their activities.
The Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Alain Noudéhou, said: “Humanitarian organizations are working across South Sudan to deliver much-needed assistance to vulnerable communities. Attacks against them are completely unacceptable and must stop. I urge authorities and communities to guarantee the safety and security of aid workers, and the Government to enforce law and order."
The security situation in Ag Geneina town in western Darfur is stable but remains tense and unpredictable.
Close to 237,000 people have been displaced by conﬂict in Darfur since the beginning of this year, more than four times the 53,000 people displaced by the conflict in all of 2020.
The top needs of the newly displaced population are food, non-food essential supplies, protection, shelter and water.
The UN, along with its humanitarian partners, continues to scale up the response there. As of yesterday, and since the start of the current conflict in January, more than 104,000 people have received food assistance; 65,000 people have been reached with health services; and 64,000 people have received emergency shelter and non-food kits.
With the rainy season approaching, scaling up the humanitarian response would be a major challenge given the current capacity limitations and shortage of funding.
So far, the Humanitarian Response Plan has received about $198 million – only 10.2 per cent of the requirements. Additional emergency funding is urgently needed to effectively respond to the new needs.