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Wau Shilluk Inter-cluster Assessment

  • To gather data on the current security situation, needs and service provision gaps,
  • To provide recommendations to the ICCG based on observations and analyses made by respective clusters.
  • key informants’ interview
  • Observation.
  • Secondary data by reviewing previous reports
Key findings: 
  • Following the conflict and continued occupation of Wau Shilluk and its environs by the military, humanitarian actors were largely absent from the area, and limiting assistance to only life-saving interventions. There is evidence that the community seek services from Malakal when they are unable to do so in Wau Shilluk.
  • The most pressing needs are WASH, Health, Nutrition, Food and NFIs for a populated estimated at approximately 4,000; with 2,000 residents in Wau centre, 1,000 residents in Padieth, 1,000 residents in Ogod, and 100 residents in Pamath. Many residents were reportedly away in Malakal receiving food rations.
  • A lack of appropriate and sufficient shelter for households exposes, especially elderly women, to GBV and other protection risks. There are tensions arising out of the sharing of shelter space due to insufficient structures and inability of the elderly to build or repair shelters. Additionally, women expressed fears about their safety while collecting firewood.
  • The challenges faced by children are exacerbated by the long distances they walk to attend classes in Wau centre, and by a lack of child friendly spaces in Wau, Ogod, Padieth, and Pamath. Other villages reportedly lack these services. Children in higher grades risk not being enrolled in school this academic year due to the absence of teachers and structures to accommodate them.
  • Some residents continue to face mental health challenges owing to the effects of the war and lack of basic mental health and psychosocial support services in the area. Whereas the community has resorted to traditional means, economic hardships limit the number of local and traditional alternatives they can ably employ/deploy.
  • The only source of water is the river and parts of swamps. The water is highly turbid and prone to high levels of contamination, rendering the quality of the water unfit for human consumption. Many latrines in a state of disrepair with evidence of open defecation, as well as at some water points.
  • The challenges affecting health service delivery include absence of health facilities outside of Wau, unavailability of reproductive health services, low immunization services, insufficient numbers of staff with inadequate incentives, lack of basic essential supplies and equipment at the current health facility. Malaria and water diarrhoea remain prominent.
  • The food security situation remains a challenge with many residents reportedly receiving rations from Malakal PoC. The population does not have sufficient access to food owing to the limited sources of income and livelihoods. Although most households have access to land, own production is insufficient, exacerbated by a lack of fishing equipment and reduced volumes of fish. Lack of food and livelihoods may lead to community members undertaking negative coping mechanisms with women being particularly vulnerable (decreasing of food consumption to 1 meal per day, risk of survival sex).
Assessment Report: 
Assessment Questionnaire: 
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Assessment Data: 
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Assessment Date(s): 
18 Фев 2020
Report completed
Population Type(s): 
Conflict affected population
Leading/Coordinating Organization(s): 
Danish Refugee Council
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Participating Organization(s): 
Danish Refugee Council
International Medical Corps
International Organization for Migration
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
World Food Programme
World Vision International
Other location: 
Wau Shilluk, Wau center, Padieth, Ogod, Pamath