(Juba, 19 August 2021) Yearly on World Humanitarian Day (WHD), we commemorate humanitarian employees who work tirelessly to achieve hundreds of thousands of crisis-affected individuals with help and safety. Humanitarians work on the frontlines of crises, getting assist and safety to these in want. At the moment, these front-lines embrace not solely battlefields, however the flood plains and the scorched landscapes of the worldwide local weather emergency, whose results are painfully obvious in South Sudan. Local weather change fuels battle over shrinking sources and places humanitarians in hurt’s manner. South Sudan’s Humanitarian Nation Staff requires decided and collective local weather motion, and a agency finish to violence in opposition to civilians and assist employees.
“South Sudan is ranked among the many 5 international locations on the planet most susceptible to the impacts of local weather change, and populations throughout the nation are already struggling the impacts with devastating penalties, together with catastrophe displacement,” stated Arafat Jamal, the Humanitarian Coordinator advert interim for South Sudan. “Susceptible populations are on the frontlines of the local weather emergency, and are being battered by cycles of disasters, additional eroding their capability to recuperate and rebuild their lives.”
South Sudan repeatedly experiences torrential rains, seasonal flooding and locust infestation in components of the nation – and it’s its most susceptible individuals who endure the results in life- altering methods. Final yr, greater than one million individuals had been impacted by a second consecutive yr of main flooding, with ladies and youngsters most affected. This yr the results proceed to be felt, with a worsening meals safety scenario and a few communities are actually going through catastrophic wants. The degrees of meals insecurity and malnutrition are on the highest since independence ten years in the past.
“Flooding just isn’t a brand new phenomenon in South Sudan, described biblically because the ‘nation whose land the rivers have spoiled’”, Jamal noticed. What’s new is the depth and frequency of inundation, colliding with battle fueled migration patterns which have led communities to hunt security from violence on riverbanks, leaving them uncovered to rising waters. “Two weeks in the past I visited Ayod County, I spoke to flood-affected communities who instructed me that the waters from final years catastrophe had but to totally recede earlier than new flooding befell. With their fields waterlogged and their livestock marooned on small islands, they collapse right into a state of humanitarian want, the place the fundamentals of survival — meals, well being, clear consuming water — should be supplied.”
And but, whereas the local weather emergency turns into extra acute in South Sudan, together with an intensification and frequency of utmost climate, the very individuals responding with life-saving help are going through more and more harmful situations. Day by day, assist employees, most of whom are South Sudanese, discover themselves within the crosshairs of violent motion, and day-after-day they’re risking their lives to offer help to probably the most susceptible individuals in want in South Sudan.
Since March 2021, there was an increase within the variety of assaults in opposition to assist employees – assist employees who serve the neighborhood. Ambushes and assaults on clearly marked humanitarian convoys together with ambulances additionally elevated. 4 assist employees had been killed finishing up their duties this yr. Their deaths deliver the variety of assist employees killed in South Sudan since 2013 when battle broke out to 128. Most had been South Sudanese.
“At the moment we pause to recollect all humanitarian and assist employees whose lives had been taken from them in the middle of their humanitarian work,” Jamal stated. “We additionally salute the braveness of humanitarian employees serving in remoted and insecure areas, doing essential and lifesaving work.”
When assist employees are endangered or beneath assault, susceptible individuals who want meals, well being providers, entry to wash water, vitamin and training providers, are disadvantaged of the much- wanted assist.
“The pattern of elevated violence in opposition to humanitarian employees, civilians and belongings can not proceed, and is a violation of worldwide humanitarian regulation. Humanitarian employees should be capable of safely attain individuals in distant and extremely food-insecure areas and people in conflict- or flood-affected areas with out the specter of assault,” added Jamal. “Time is already operating out for hundreds of thousands of probably the most susceptible individuals right here – those that have contributed least to the local weather emergency however are hit the toughest,” concluded the Humanitarian Coordinator advert interim in South Sudan. “World Humanitarian Day is a chance for all to re-commit to the values that underpin humanitarianism.”
For additional info, please contact:
OCHA South Sudan: Annette Hearns | [email protected]
UNHCR South Sudan: Aoife McDonnell | [email protected]
UNHCR South Sudan: Present Friday Noah | [email protected]
OCHA press releases can be found at www.unocha.org/south-sudan or www.reliefweb.int.