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South Sudan: Concerned about thousands cut off by fighting, Security Council urges calm in Wau

01 July 2016 – The United Nations Security Council today called for a stop to the fighting in Wau, South Sudan, and urged access for the United Nations and its humanitarian partners to some 9,000 civilians reportedly sheltering in a school and in other parts of the town.


UN agencies: South Sudan at risk of ‘hunger catastrophe’

29 June 2016 – The level of food insecurity in South Sudan is at the highest since the start of the conflict two and a half years ago, United Nations agencies today warned.


Senior UN relief official warns of demographic challenges and growing humanitarian needs in the Sahel

28 June 2016 – More than 9.2 million people in the Lake Chad Basin are in need of humanitarian assistance and more than 4.4 million face severe food insecurity, a senior United Nations relief official said today, appealing for greater efforts from the international community and development partners to meet the region’s growing needs.


South Sudan: Ban concerned over escalation of violence

25 June 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he is deeply concerned about the current escalation of violence between the Sudan's People Liberation Army (SPLA) and armed groups, in Wau town and surrounding areas, in South Sudan.


South Sudan: UN food relief agency warns of worsening food, nutrition status

24 June 2016 – Despite some recent political progress in South Sudan, a deteriorating food and nutrition situation, economic decline and sporadic violence are continuing to significantly impact the humanitarian needs within the country, the United Nations food relief agency cautioned today.


South Sudan: UN peacekeeping chief says action will be taken on probe into Malakal violence

22 June 2016 – The United Nations takes “very seriously” the findings of an investigation that confusion over command and control and rules of engagement hampered some peacekeepers' response to a deadly incident at a UN compound in South Sudan, the Organization's top peacekeeping official said today, pledging to follow up on the probe's recommendations.


South Sudan: Special investigation into Malakal violence completed, says UN

21 June 2016 – A United Nations independent high-level board of inquiry has completed a special in-depth investigation into how the UN responded this past February to deadly violence in a protection of civilians site in the town of Malakal, in northern South Sudan.


UN humanitarian wing and partners respond to unprecedented suffering in 2015

21 June 2016 – The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has released its 2015 annual report, articulating its response to the humanitarian challenges and human suffering, in all corners of the world that have overstretched the UN relief arm.


South Sudan: UN relief wing reports increase in violence against aid workers

15 June 2016 – While thousands of vulnerable people in South Sudan have been reached with assistance and protection in recent months, violent incidents against aid workers increased during the month of May, the United Nations humanitarian wing reported today.


Visiting UN food relief agency, Pope Francis shines spotlight on urgent need to end hunger

13 June 2016 – In the first papal visit to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Pope Francis today gave his full support to the goal of eradicating hunger and paid tribute to the organization’s staff, including those who had lost their lives at work.