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IRNA Report: Jikmir, Nasir County (28-29 January 2017)


On 2 January 2017, fighting between Government and opposition forces broke out at Ketbek in Nasir County, Upper Nile, and spread to Nor-Deng, Wecjoak, Kuerengke, Wangbup, Nayguen and Wathmalual bomas resulting in displacement of the entire population of these areas. Armed clashes resumed the following week, forcing people to flee from Mandeng, Nyatot, Nyariew 2, Nor-Thok, Benytik, Nyakang and Torkech towards the south–east and north-east of Nasir County, along the border with Ethiopia. A larger number of internally displaced people (IDP) concentrated in Burebeiy, Nyienygog, Malual (Makak) and Koap (Jikmir). Some also fled to the neighbouring county of Ulang. Humanitarian organizations based in Madeng relocated to Jikmir.
Nasir County is generally under the control of opposition forces. However, government forces have been in control of Nasir town since May 2014.
From 28 to 29 January 2017, an inter-agency rapid needs assessment (IRNA) and response mission travelled to Jikmir to assess the humanitarian needs.

Key findings: 

Fighting in Nasir County in January 2017 displaced an estimated 33,000 people, including around 22,110 who were staying in the four locations near the border with Ethiopia that were visited by the Inter-Agency Rapid Needs Assessment (IRNA) team. The first attack on 2 January reportedly happened during the morning hours as people were going about their daily chores. During the fighting, homes were reportedly looted and burned, ten people, including six children, were reportedly killed, more than 20 children were reported as missing or separated, and cases of sexual violence were reported. The majority of people displaced by the fighting were women, children and the elderly, including persons with specific needs.
IDPs in the four sites reported their main needs to be food and/or livelihoods (particularly fishing supplies), healthcare, and water, sanitation and hygiene. Most people from locations attacked on 2 January fled with nothing, while others in locations that were subsequently attacked managed to carry minimal food and non-food items. Most IDPs fled with their cattle and goats and took them to the cattle camps. However, some livestock were reportedly lost during the fighting and a livestock disease outbreak was reported. The IDPs reported receiving some support from the host communities, and supplemented this with fishing and eating wild leaves. Some IDPs were depending on their livestock for milk, meat and sales to buy grain. Lack of fishing gear and limited grain supplies in the market were cited as key food security concerns.

Assessment Report: 
Publicly Available
Assessment Questionnaire: 
Publicly Available
Assessment Data: 
Publicly Available
Assessment Date(s): 
28 Mar 2017 to 29 Mar 2017
Report completed
Collection Method(s): 
Key Informant Interview
Focus group discussion
Field Interview
Population Type(s): 
Displaced population
Leading/Coordinating Organization(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Participating Organization(s): 
Adventist Development and Relief Agency
Polish Humanitarian Action
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
United Nations Children's Fund
Universal Network for Knowledge and Empowerment Agency
World Vision International