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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Ukraine, South Sudan, Haiti

03 May 2022

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Some 6.8 million people in South Sudan need life-saving assistance and protection this year. Credit: OCHA/Annette Hearns

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights –  3 May 2022

Ukraine

The Humanitarian Coordinator Osnat Lubrani has issued a  statement on the evacuation of civilians from Mariupol.

South Sudan

Moving to South Sudan, our humanitarian colleagues tell us that the recent surge in fighting between armed factions in Leer County, Unity State, which escalated in April 2022, has resulted in dozens people killed or injured, multiple women and girls raped and abducted; and has left homes burned and looted.

The recent outbreak of fighting in Leer County forcibly displaced an estimated 40,000 people. Innocent civilians lost their lives.

The clashes occurred as humanitarians were preparing to contain the impact of the coming rains and projected flooding. If violence continues, these preparations could be disrupted.

People displaced by violence in Leer County need food, shelter and essential household items, as well as nutrition support, healthcare and medicines and water and sanitation services.

Humanitarian agencies are providing healthcare and nutrition treatment through mobile clinics and are providing protection services including from gender balance violence, as well as legal advice and counselling to the displaced people.

Some 6.8 million people in South Sudan need life-saving assistance and protection this year, but the US$1.7 billion Humanitarian Response Plan is just 8 per cent funded.

Haiti

Turning to Haiti, our OCHA colleagues report that clashes have resumed today between gangs in the capital, Port-au-Prince, forcing hundreds of people to flee their homes.  Clashes took place in the neighbourhoods of the commune of Croix-des-Bouquets, Cité Soleil, Bas Delmas and Martissant.

Violence in the commune of Croix-des-Bouquets has displaced over 1,200 people. At least 26 civilians have been killed and 22 injured, although these figures are probably much higher. Dozens of houses have been burned. Schools, medical centres and markets had to close, and a hospital in Marin was looted.

Displaced people need access to clean water, food, sanitation kits, children's kits, kitchen kits, mattresses, blankets and clothing. The UN is ready to provide hot meals and additional assistance in coordination with national authorities.

The Mayor's Office of Tabarre and the Civil Protection Agency have started to distribute hot meals and dry food, as well as essential items (hygiene kits, blankets, kitchen kits, baby kits), with the support of the United Nations and humanitarian partners, while working on a plan to relocate families housed in spontaneous sites.

Haiti’s Civil Protection General Directorate-led national coordination committee that is composed of UN agencies and non-governmental organization (NGO) partners, has activated the early warning system of the Displacement Tracking Matrix . Local NGOs are carrying out psychosocial activities for children at the sites including recreational activities, child friendly space for learning, and counselling.