South Sudan: Humanitarian Snapshot (July 2023)

In July, people’s humanitarian needs in South Sudan continued to increase, driven by compounded shocks triggered by conflict, food insecurity, displacement, disease outbreaks, climate shock and economic decline. As of 31 July, some 202,263 people were registered crossing from Sudan into South Sudan since the fighting erupted on 15 April. Returnees continue to arrive in areas of origin or relocation in South Sudan, many of whom have experienced displacement, inter-communal conflict, hazards (particularly a risk of flood impact given the rainy season), exposure to diseases, high prices of essential goods, food insecurity, and a loss of livelihoods. An estimated 7.8 million people were expected to face Crisis (IPC Phase 3) or worse acute food insecurity, with 43,000 people likely in Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5) acute food insecurity in Akobo, Canal/Pigi and Fangak counties of Jonglei State; and Leer and Mayendit counties of Unity State.

A joint assessment by partners in Pibor reported the displacement of some 5,000 individuals, from their villages fearing anticipated attack by an armed youth group from Jonglei. An inter-cluster assessment team reported more than 1,400 people displaced from Jebel Lado West Boma to Luri Rokwe in Juba County due to fighting between cattle keepers. In July, measles outbreaks4 were confirmed in Maban, Malakal and Melut counties in Upper Nile, Rubkona County in Unity, Gogrial West and Twic counties in Warrap, Mangateen, Juba IDP camp and Gorom refugee camp in Juba County of Central Equatoria, Lafon County in Eastern Equatoria, Bor South, Old Fangak and Canal/Pigi counties in Jonglei and Aweil Centre County in Northern Bahr el Ghazal. Intensifying rain made physical access challenging for humanitarians to reach affected people with humanitarian assistance and move returnees to their final destinations as roads have become impassable.

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