UNICEF South Sudan Situation Report 31 January 2017

January 31, 2017

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• Humanitarian access remains highly restricted in Greater Equatoria and southern areas of Unity, affecting the delivery of life-saving humanitarian assistance. There has been an escalation of violence in the last two weeks and heavy fighting has been recorded in the Greater Equatoria region and Upper Nile state, severely affecting civilians.
• The food insecurity situation in the country is at critical levels. A recent assessment mission to Mayendit, southern Unity found that families are mainly surviving on water lilies, lalok and palm tree seeds. UNICEF continues to implement a nutrition scale-up plan in collaboration with the World Food Programme (WFP) to respond to the situation.
• Seasonal dry weather is having a negative impact on water availability. In parts of Eastern Equatoria, Western Bahr el Ghazal, Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Unity and Jonglei, water resources are now severely strained, aggravating the already fragile food security situation in the country.