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South Sudan 2014 : An emerging humanitarian crisis

More than one million people have been displaced since political tensions erupted in violence in South Sudan on 15th December 2013. It has left thousands dead as vulnerable populations continue to flee on going fighting. The conflict which has pitted government forces loyal to president Salva Kiir and rebels aligned with former vice-president Riek Machar, has seen over 60,000 people fleeing to neighboring countries, leaving everything they had behind and risking their lives. Many have fled towards Uganda and Kenya and some north to Sudan, but with the onset of the rainy season, more and more civilians will be driven towards Ethiopia. Transporting food and other supplies to the refugees given the few existing roads, will become more difficult and expensive not to mention the additional threats around sanitation and health – malaria, diarrhoea and cholera. Moses Okello, the UNHCR representative to Ethiopia, is aware of the pressing need to respond. “The rain is bringing to us an urgency, the need for us to act very, very quickly to get things in place where they are not.” In response, the World Food Programme is pre-positioning 1,530 tonnes of food in the region – enough to cover the needs of 80,000 refugees for one month. UNCHR is also trying to secure the use of helicopters to help move people and provisions before the rains begin. Failure to reach a solution to the current crises is likely to an enormous humanitarian disaster. UNHCR has already labelled the situation in South Sudan as a level-three situation, its highest level used to measure humanitarian crises.