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Emergency (IPC Phase 4) persists as insecurity disrupts assistance and trade flows

  • Key Message Update
  • South Sudan
  • August 2017
Emergency (IPC Phase 4) persists as insecurity disrupts assistance and trade flows

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • A large-scale food security Emergency continues across South Sudan. Over half of the total population is in need of humanitarian assistance. Conflict continues to disrupt typical livelihood activities in all regions of the country, and already extremely poor macroeconomic conditions have further deteriorated, forcing staple food prices to climb above levels observed last year. 

    • In June, emergency food assistance was distributed to over 70,000 people in Leer and 52,000 people in Mayendit, although key informant information indicates that ongoing clashes disrupted the delivery of assistance to some displaced populations. Assistance is still expected to be sufficient to prevent more extreme outcomes and Crisis (IPC Phase 3!) persists in these counties. Assistance was not delivered in Koch in June and Emergency (IPC Phase 4) outcomes are likely in this county. 

    • An estimated 10,000 people on isolated islands of the White Nile River on the eastern border of central Unity and northwestern border of Jonglei remain of greatest concern. Recent field assessments verify that some island locations remain inaccessible to humanitarians and it is expected populations on these islands lack access to emergency assistance. It is feared outcomes may be worse among these populations and some households could be in Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5). 

    • In Greater Equatoria, households who planted first-season crops currently have access to green harvests. Although conflict was lower in July than previous months, first season harvests are expected to be significantly below average in conflict-affected counties given that insecurity restricted normal planting. Furthermore, production prospects are now worse than previously expected in parts of Torit and Magwi of Eastern Equatoria and Juba of Central Equatoria, due to suspected Fall Armyworm infestation. 

    • In many areas of Greater Upper Nile and Greater Bahr el Ghazal, ongoing fighting is disrupting planting, trade flows, and assistance deliveries. In Gogrial of Warrap, active inter-communal fighting prompted the Government to declare a state of emergency in July. Trade along the Juba-Bor road increased slightly in July compared to June, but inter-tribal clashes and ambushes continue to limit the number of traders operating on this route. Insecurity has also recently disrupted the delivery of assistance to Bor South, Pibor, and Pochalla, and caused the evacuation of some aid workers from Pibor in mid-July. Similarly, in Upper Nile, armed clashes between Government and opposition forces in early July in Longochuk and Maiwut forced the relocation of 25 aid workers and caused an estimated 7,000 people from Longochuk and Maiwut to flee to Ethiopia. 

    This Key Message Update provides a high-level analysis of current acute food insecurity conditions and any changes to FEWS NET's latest projection of acute food insecurity outcomes in the specified geography. Learn more here.

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