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South Sudan Humanitarian Snapshot March 2019

While the overall numbers of internally displaced people and refugees remained static from the previous month, population movements were reported in March within South Sudan and across its borders. Hostilities and inter-communal clashes in Upper Nile, Unity and the Equatorias, and cattle raids in Western Bahr el Ghazal and Warrap, forced thousands of people to flee their homes. At the same time, the verification of some 4,600 spontaneous refugee returns added to reports of internally displaced people moving towards their places of origin and other areas. This included individuals and entire families. Biometric registrations and headcounts in the PoC sites indicated a reduction in the number of IDPs in the sites.

Despite ongoing humanitarian assessments, the full scale of returns remained difficult to track and quantify. Some areas, such as Yei in Central Equatoria, saw a combination of returns and new displacements, illustrating the fluidity of population movements in the current context. Over 6.4 million South Sudanese were estimated to be severely food insecure. Measles broke out in Aweil.

Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
11 Apr 2019
Map/Infographic Type: 
Humanitarian Snapshot
South Sudan