Sudan Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 04 | 25 March – 12 May 2019

HIGHLIGHTS Measles and polio vaccination campaign reaches 9.1 million out of the 11 million children targeted across the country. About 2,600 people flee North Jebel Marra and take refuge in Kurmul and Thurragway villages in Central Jebel Marra. An estimated 6,000 IDPs arrive in Otash IDP camp as of 12 May 2019 from the Jebel Marra mountains. Premises of aid organizations in Buram town (South Darfur) looted. Despite a good…

Pride and reverence reign as UNMISS celebrates International Day of UN Peacekeepers in South Sudan

Ambassadors, bons vivants, commanders, dignitaries and excellencies. They were all there, at UN House in Juba. Yet they had all left the parade ground when the celebration of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers began in spontaneous, playful earnest.This makes me feel proud of what I do.As most higher-ups were mingling with soft drinks and finger food in hand, several variations of what a younger peacekeeping colleague has just…

Strikers in Sudan Push Military to Cede Power

Chanting anti-government slogans, workers lined up outside the upscale al-Waha shopping center in downtown Khartoum, demanding an end to the country's 30-year military rule."Our martyrs lost their lives," they shouted, referring to the dozens of people killed since December in Sudan's revolution. "We can lose our jobs."Tuesday was the first day of a two-day nationwide strike called by opposition leaders demanding that Sudan's military junta transfer power to a civilian…

Juba Urban Programme – WFP – Inter-Agency Cash Working Group

Juba Urban Programme (JUP)The JUP was created in a context of increasing urban food insecurity especially after 2016.The latest WFP Food Security and Nutrition assessments show that food insecurity levels for urban Juba, Wau and Bor have reached 76%, 67% and 85% of households respectively. Economic crisis with exchange rate deterioration, lack of jobs and inflation compound the problem.THE PROGRAMME HAS TWO ACTIVITIES1. Providing humanitarian assistance through conditional cash transfers…

IOM South Sudan Monthly Update – April 2019

SITUATION OVERVIEWIn April, armed violence in Kuajena, Jur River County led to an influx of new arrivals in the Wau protection of civilian (PoC) site. To support the new arrivals, IOM provided shelter support, psychological first aid and basic counselling services. During the same reporting period, violent cattle raids continued in multiple locations throughout South Sudan, including Western Bahr el Ghazal, leading to further displacement and delays in delivering services…

East African Countries Move to Ban Skin-Bleaching Products

East African countries moved a step closer to approving a ban on skin-bleaching products.The East African Legislative Assembly passed a resolution this month to ban the manufacture and importation of soaps, cosmetics and beauty products containing hydroquinone, an ingredient often used in skin bleaching.South Sudanese lawmaker Gideon Gatpan, who wrote the resolution, said hydroquinone can lead to skin cancer.Gatpan said the resolution is intended to promote the beauty of natural,…

UNMISS and partners aim to de-militarize civilian facilities; improve conditions for returns in Upper Nile

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and partners are working with military commanders and government officials to create a safe and secure environment for displaced people to return home, including by demilitarizing civilian installations such as schools and hospitals in the Upper Nile area.We are now looking at key areas and activities. On Monday we are going to Kodok, looking at demilitarizing the places the military occupied during…

South Sudan Situation Report, 20 May 2019

HIGHLIGHTS More than 20,000 people displaced in Jur River County Almost half of displaced people intend to leave Malakal Protection of Civilians site Measles outbreak confirmed in 11 counties in South Sudan, upsurge in cases globally United Nations allocates $11 million to help displaced people return home Food insecurity increases, humanitarians urge for scale-up of aidEMERGENCY RESPONSEMore than 20,000 people displaced in Jur River CountyInter-communal violence has displaced more than…