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FAO’s role in the Crisis Response Plan (CRP) South Sudan Crisis (January – March 2014)
The humanitarian situation in South Sudan has deteriorated rapidly since fighting broke out in Juba on 15 December. The violence has spread across five states, causing widespread displacement and disrupting ongoing humanitarian and development activities. Hundreds of people are thought to have been killed.
- By 8 January, at least 201 000 people were displaced, with the real number likely much higher.
- Difficulties accessing affected communities, particularly those in rural areas, hamper efforts to assess their needs and provide them with vital assistance.
- South Sudan already faces massive humanitarian needs – the aid operation in the country is one of the largest in the world.
- The current crisis adds further stress to already highly vulnerable people. It is critical that immediate efforts are made to support those affected and prevent the reversal of gains made in recent years.
- An estimated 60 000 people are currently seeking refuge in UN bases.