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South Sudan: Humanitarian Snapshot (May 2017)


With the lean season beginning, an estimated 5.5 million people across South Sudan were facing severe food insecurity in May, including some 1.46 million on the brink of famine. The month saw the number of people displaced continuing to rise, albeit at a slower rate compared to April. At least 60,000 South Sudanese fled as refugees in May. Clashes in and around Yei in Central Equatoria caused an average of 2,000 refugees to arrive daily into Uganda from 15 to 21 May. In Upper Nile, nearly 20,000 South Sudanese fled insecurity on the West Bank, crossing into Sudan between 29 April and 6 May. Internal displacement also increased.
Clashes in Terekeka, Central Equatoria, reportedly between Mundari tribesmen and Dinka Bor youth, displaced thousands of people to Gemeiza, Mangalla North Islands, Muni and Malek, leaving them without shelter and drinking unfiltered water from the river. In Jonglei, people remained on the move with arrivals from Uror and Nyirol counties reported in Akobo and Bor. New IDPs were also reported in Pibor town, Gumuruk, Likuangole, and Kongor areas, reportedly as a result of inter-communal fighting between Dinka Bor and Murle youth.
In the midst of continued displacement, the cholera outbreak continued to spread, with new cases confirmed in Kapoeta South in May and grave concerns regarding the potential for further spread of the disease as the rainy season arrives.

Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
06 Jun 2017
Map/Infographic Type: 
Humanitarian Snapshot