Thousands displaced by the acute crisis in South Sudan since mid-December

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Civilians seeking protection at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) compound adjacent to Juba International Airport. UN Photo/Rolla Hinedi

More than 120 – thousand people have been displaced by the acute crisis in South Sudan since mid-December, but the total number is likely to be higher, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

It says aid agencies have very little  information about displacement outside the main population centres.

Humanitarian responders report that the priority needs of the affected people are food, healthcare, shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene services.

Aid agencies are responding to the needs and have delivered food to thousands of people in Juba, Bentiu, Malakal and Awerial county.

But they say that due to high insecurity, aid agencies have not been able to access the warehouse in Bor and reports indicate that it may have been looted.

According to the latest OCHA report, mobile clinics operating in UN facilities in Juba are carrying out 350 consultations per day, and measles and polio vaccination campaigns are scheduled to begin before the New Year.

Aid organisations have also distributed mosquito nets, mattresses, tents and soap to the affected people and 160 latrines have been dug in the displacement sites in Juba.

Aid agencies are planning to scale up their operations and have prioritised their programmes to provide immediate life-saving aid for the next three months. But to do this, they urgently need US$166 million from donors.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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