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South Sudan: Humanitarian Bulletin, Issue 4 | 10 March 2017

Concluding a two-day visit to South Sudan, on 4-5 March 2017, the Under-Secretary- General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, called for immediate and unhindered access to people in need of aid and urgent funding for the humanitarian appeal.

“I visited Ganyiel, where I met with people who had fled fighting, fear and famine in Leer and Mayendit, as well as hunger and insecurity in Lakes,” said the Emergency Relief Coordinator. “An elderly woman walked for days through swamps from Leer, with her tenmonth-old grandson on her back, after they were separated from the rest of their family during fighting. Her grandson is now receiving treatment for severe acute malnutrition.
We urgently need additional funding to scale up, sustain and expand life-saving assistance and protection across all of South Sudan.”
By July 2017, the humanitarian community estimates that 5.5 million will be severely food insecure. “This is only the beginning of the lean season and, sadly, things could get much, much worse in the months ahead,” said Mr. O’Brien. “We desperately need the fighting to stop. We need calm to prevail now so that we can consistently reach people in dire need, and prevent further catastrophe.”
During his two-day visit, Mr. O’Brien also met with humanitarian partners and Government officials. “The root cause of this suffering is conflict,” he said. “People have been displaced, brutalised and raped. They have been attacked when they sought out assistance.
This must stop, and it must stop now.”

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
10 Mar 2017
Document type: 
Humanitarian Bulletin