SOUTH SUDAN

UNHCR returns to Lasu Refugee Settlement first time since 2016

UNHCR returns to Lasu Refugee Settlement first time since 2016

INTERNATIONAL, SOUTH SUDAN
GENEVA, Switzerland: UNHCR resumed its assistance to refugees in Lasu settlement located 32 km from Yei town on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, after it became accessible last week. “UNHCR team undertook a mission to Lasu last week and we were able to assess the situation around Lasu refugee settlement and understand the damage the settlement and refugees have sustained since our last visit there in June 2016,” UNHCR Representative in South Sudan Johann Siffointe said, adding “the mission was possible thanks to the establishment of UNMISS’ presence in Yei town.” We were able to assess the situation around Lasu refugee settlement and understand the damage the settlement and refugees have sustained since our last visit there in June 2016 While meetin
Red Cross acts as intermediary in release of South Sudan detainees

Red Cross acts as intermediary in release of South Sudan detainees

INTERNATIONAL, SOUTH SUDAN
JUBA, South Sudan: The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has informed parties involved in the conflict in South Sudan that it can facilitate any potential release of persons detained in relation to the conflict. The overriding aim is to alleviate the suffering of people whose lives have been disrupted by conflict Following the signature of the Agreement on Cessation of Hostilities, Protection of Civilians, and Humanitarian Access, the ICRC has confirmed its readiness to act as a neutral intermediary by sharing an offer of services with the parties to the conflict. The Agreement mentions the ICRC as a facilitator for the release of persons deprived of their liberty in relation to the conflict. “The ICRC has a long standing record, as neutral intermed
UN Mission in South Sudan committed to protecting safety of displaced people

UN Mission in South Sudan committed to protecting safety of displaced people

SOUTH SUDAN
JUBA, South Sudan: The United Nations Mission in South Sudan has today (January 27, 2018) conducted a search operation within the Protection of Civilians site next to its base in Juba to determine whether individuals allegedly involved in the abduction and killing of three people in the capital last week were located within the camp. A number of suspects were apprehended and handed over to the South Sudan National Police Service to investigate further. Protection of Civilians sites exist to shelter South Sudanese people who are under imminent and ongoing threat of physical violence and who genuinely fear for their lives. UNMISS will not tolerate people who commit crimes outside and then hide behind women and children who need protection inside the camp. The act...
Urgent livestock vaccination campaign in South Sudan in jeopardy without more support

Urgent livestock vaccination campaign in South Sudan in jeopardy without more support

SOUTH SUDAN
JUBA, South Sudan: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is seeking $7.5 million to roll out a critically needed emergency livestock vaccination campaign in South Sudan. FAO aims to protect nearly 9 million animals (30 percent of the country's livestock) - scaling up from 6 million in 2017 - to combat increasingly frequent outbreaks of animal diseases. To date, FAO has only a quarter of the funds it needs ($2.5 million out of $10 million). Keeping animals alive and healthy is vital in a country where most of the population relies on livestock for their very survival, and half of the population is grappling with acute hunger. "In most parts of the country, FAO and its partners are the main provider of vaccinations. We are trying to reach as many animals as p...
President Zuma to Receive a Courtesy Call from President Kirr of South Sudan

President Zuma to Receive a Courtesy Call from President Kirr of South Sudan

AFRICA, SOUTH SUDAN
PRETORIA, South Africa: President Jacob Zuma will today, 20 January 2018, receive a courtesy call from President Salva Kirr Of Republic of South Sudan at his official residence Mahlamba Ndlofu in Pretoria. During the courtesy call, it is expected that President Kirr will brief President Zuma on the political and security situation in South Sudan. In 2014 President Zuma appointed Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa as the Special Envoy to South Sudan to assist with the resolution of the political impasse in that country. South Africa and South Sudan enjoy good political relations.
South Sudan Communities Receiving Regular Aid in Previously Inaccessible Areas

South Sudan Communities Receiving Regular Aid in Previously Inaccessible Areas

SOUTH SUDAN
WAU, South Sudan: For over a month, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has been able to provide consistent primary health care in Greater Baggari, South Sudan, which is an area south of Wau town that had been cut off from assistance for over a year. Improved access in recent months has enabled IOM to reach people living further south with lifesaving assistance. Only weeks after the crisis erupted in June 2016, humanitarian access to Baggari – an hour’s drive from Wau town – was restricted. Displaced people and host communities were cut off from both relief aid and markets. In the months that followed, frequent insecurity further forced many people to flee to harder to reach areas, deeper into the bush. As part of a multi-agency effort, IOM regai