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South Sudan: Humanitarian Snapshot (July 2017)

In July, fighting in the Greater Equatoria region and Upper Nile drove further population displacement. In Central Equatoria, government forces allegedly attacked a civilian settlement on the outskirts of Yei town, leaving many dead. More clashes were reported about five kilometres outside Yei town. Heavy fighting was also reported between opposition and government forces in Jalei, Kajo-keji County. In Western Equatoria, fighting between opposition and government forces was reported in Lanyi, Mundri West County, leaving dozens dead, including civilians. July’s upsurge in fighting in the Equatorias forced nearly 17,000 people to cross into neighbouring Uganda. In Upper Nile, government forces launched an offensive on opposition strongholds in Mathiang and Maiwut, forcing thousands of people to flee their homes and some to seek refuge in neighbouring Ethiopia. In Unity, growing insecurity, as a result of inter-communal violence in Bentiu Protection of Civilians site, forced some 2,000 people to leave the protected settlement to parts of Leer. An outbreak of fall armyworm was also reported in July. Experts warned that the crop-eating caterpillars, reported in Magwi (Eastern Equatoria), Yei, and Juba (Central Equatoria), Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Jonglei, may further damage South Sudanese farming, exacerbating the country’s food crisis. In July, nearly 230,000 new malaria cases and 45 related deaths were reported countrywide, with Aweil East, Juba and Torit counties registering the highest number of cases.

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United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
08 Aug 2017
Map/Infographic Type: 
Humanitarian Snapshot