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Following reduced donor funding and climate shocks, Deputy Head of the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) visits Bor to assess the humanitarian situation

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  Repeated cycles of civil war have devastated communities in the world s newest nation South Sudan and created a humanitarian crisis that is exacerbated by climate change People across the country are severely affected by some of the heaviest rains in nearly a century This has led to a situation where floods have displaced tens of thousands there is growing food insecurity while health care and education continue to be interrupted With competing crises around the world donor funding has dwindled but community needs continue to grow exponentially here It is in this complex context that Sara Beysolow Nyanti Deputy Special Representative for South Sudan and Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator visited Bor in Jonglei State We can no longer take a business as usual approach in South Sudan said Ms Nyanti We must work in a unified and focused way across the peace development and humanitarian nexus to ensure that today s children have the opportunity to reach their full potential This is the only way we will bring about lasting change here she added Ms Nyanti s first order of business meeting with Jonglei Governor Denay Jock Chagor We had a very fruitful conversation about the humanitarian landscape in Jonglei But first and foremost we talk about the need for a comprehensive peace revealed the DSRSG It is necessary to consolidate and cement peace in the state to pave the way for humanitarian access and humanitarian actions as well as for development she explained Other topics discussed Strengthening partnerships to create an enabling environment for the delivery of much needed assistance and ensuring humanitarian workers are safe given the increase in attacks against them in recent years Next on the UNMISS Deputy Head s agenda was meeting with representatives of the Bor camp for internally displaced persons IDP which is home to some 2 600 people The situation in the countryside is dire and people are hungry Recent cuts in funding from the World Food Program WFP have affected us and we would like to apply for exceptional funding for Jonglei We understand that money is tight but we rely on the UN to feed our children said John Both a leader of displaced people in the camp We need our international friends donors to help boost education health care and protect women from gender based violence within the IDP camp added Nyabiel Gatbel a youth representative Another key issue raised by Ms Gatbel providing dignity kits to people with disabilities girls and women in the camp The economic situation has not helped Rising inflation has led to a corresponding rise in food prices Households are under financial pressure and along with the conflict and major flooding community members are reeling Seeing the impact of climate shocks firsthand was an important part of Ms Nyanti s agenda With the waters of the White Nile flooding the city UNMISS peacekeepers and humanitarian partners such as WFP and the International Organization for Migration IOM built and rehabilitated some 22 kilometers of levees adjacent to the river Another 22 kilometre dyke has been built between Baidit and Kolmarek while work is underway to shore up a 45 kilometre stretch between Aduar in Bor County and Twic East But the fury of nature in the form of floods is difficult to tackle in one fell swoop In Old Fangak WFP built a 65 kilometre dam and state authorities managed to relocate some 1 100 severely affected people reveals Ding Akol Ding chairman of the Jonglei State Flood Management Task Force However the floods have brought with them associated difficulties lack of proper sewage disposal snakes compete with humans for dry spaces clean water and food are scarce With six counties under water hundreds of people are displaced within the country while an equal number have fled to neighboring countries such as Sudan Uganda Kenya and Ethiopia he reveals We are desperate for UN support In addition the security situation in Jonglei remains unstable conflicts between communities and cattle raids are a grim reality faced by the people of this state But for now what worries people most is the imminent reduction in food aid from the WFP DSRSG Nyanti is well aware of this fact No child no adult should go hungry I have listened carefully to what the communities tell me Ushering in peace and prosperity is not the job of one person It takes a town as they say I urge everyone not to lose hope The UN family is here to support all South Sudanese to the best of our ability she said
Following reduced donor funding and climate shocks, Deputy Head of the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) visits Bor to assess the humanitarian situation

1 Repeated cycles of civil war have devastated communities in the world’s newest nation, South Sudan, and created a humanitarian crisis that is exacerbated by climate change.

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2 People across the country are severely affected by some of the heaviest rains in nearly a century.

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3 This has led to a situation where floods have displaced tens of thousands, there is growing food insecurity while health care and education continue to be interrupted.

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4 With competing crises around the world, donor funding has dwindled, but community needs continue to grow exponentially here.

5 It is in this complex context that Sara Beysolow Nyanti, Deputy Special Representative for South Sudan and Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, visited Bor in Jonglei State.

6 “We can no longer take a business-as-usual approach in South Sudan,” said Ms. Nyanti.

7 “We must work in a unified and focused way across the peace, development and humanitarian nexus to ensure that today’s children have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

8 This is the only way we will bring about lasting change here,” she added.

9 Ms Nyanti’s first order of business: meeting with Jonglei Governor Denay Jock Chagor.

10 “We had a very fruitful conversation about the humanitarian landscape in Jonglei.

11 But first and foremost, we talk about the need for a comprehensive peace,” revealed the DSRSG.

12 “It is necessary to consolidate and cement peace in the state to pave the way for humanitarian access and humanitarian actions, as well as for development,” she explained.

13 Other topics discussed: Strengthening partnerships to create an enabling environment for the delivery of much-needed assistance and ensuring humanitarian workers are safe, given the increase in attacks against them in recent years.

14 Next on the UNMISS Deputy Head’s agenda was meeting with representatives of the Bor camp for internally displaced persons (IDP), which is home to some 2,600 people.

15 “The situation in the countryside is dire and people are hungry.

16 Recent cuts in funding from the World Food Program (WFP) have affected us and we would like to apply for exceptional funding for Jonglei.

17 We understand that money is tight, but we rely on the UN to feed our children,” said John Both, a leader of displaced people in the camp.

18 “We need our international friends, donors to help boost education, health care and protect women from gender-based violence within the IDP camp,” added Nyabiel Gatbel, a youth representative.

19 Another key issue raised by Ms. Gatbel: providing dignity kits to people with disabilities, girls and women in the camp.

20 The economic situation has not helped.

21 Rising inflation has led to a corresponding rise in food prices.

22 Households are under financial pressure and, along with the conflict and major flooding, community members are reeling.

23 Seeing the impact of climate shocks firsthand was an important part of Ms. Nyanti’s agenda.

24 With the waters of the White Nile flooding the city, UNMISS peacekeepers and humanitarian partners such as WFP and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) built and rehabilitated some 22 kilometers of levees adjacent to the river.

25 Another 22-kilometre dyke has been built between Baidit and Kolmarek, while work is underway to shore up a 45-kilometre stretch between Aduar in Bor County and Twic East. But the fury of nature, in the form of floods, is difficult to tackle in one fell swoop.

26 “In Old Fangak, WFP built a 65-kilometre dam and state authorities managed to relocate some 1,100 severely affected people,” reveals Ding Akol Ding, chairman of the Jonglei State Flood Management Task Force.

27 “However, the floods have brought with them associated difficulties: lack of proper sewage disposal; snakes compete with humans for dry spaces; clean water and food are scarce.

28 With six counties under water, hundreds of people are displaced within the country while an equal number have fled to neighboring countries such as Sudan, Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia”, he reveals.

29 “We are desperate for UN support.” In addition, the security situation in Jonglei remains unstable: conflicts between communities and cattle raids are a grim reality faced by the people of this state.

30 But for now, what worries people most is the imminent reduction in food aid from the WFP.

31 DSRSG Nyanti is well aware of this fact.

32 “No child, no adult should go hungry.

33 I have listened carefully to what the communities tell me.

34 Ushering in peace and prosperity is not the job of one person.

35 It takes a town, as they say.

36 I urge everyone not to lose hope.

37 The UN family is here to support all South Sudanese to the best of our ability,” she said.

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