ACT Alliance Preliminary Appeal for South Sudan Conflict Response

by Elisabeth Gouel | | ACT Alliance - Switzerland
Monday, 6 January 2014 10:57 GMT

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Preliminary Appeal

South Sudan

South Sudan Conflict Response – SSD141
Preliminary Appeal Target: US$ 2,805,339
Balance Requested: US$ 2,647,119

Geneva, 06 January 2014

Heavy armed fighting broke out in Juba on 15 December 2013, with gunfire and shelling reported in several parts of the city. The cause of this conflict and the resulting ethnic clashes is said to be due to a power struggle between President Salva Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, and his ex-deputy Riek Machar, an ethnic Nuer.

The violence persisted throughout the first week and now caused thousands of civilians to be displaced, including initial 20,000 people who sought refuge at the two main bases of the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). The number of displacements continued to increase rapidly and the actual number of the displaced people is assumed to be higher given the limited humanitarian access outside population centers. UNOCHA estimates that 194,000 people have been displaced by the ongoing violence, including 57,000 taking refuge in UNMISS compounds mainly in Juba, Bor, Bentiu and Pariang.

ACT members Norwegian Church Aid, World Renew and DanChurchAid are launching this preliminary appeal to help internally displaced persons and host communities in severely conflict affected areas in South Sudan to have access to essential life-saving items, reduce vulnerability and for them to realize safety and human dignity.

For the full appeal document, please click here.