➤ Requiring immediate food assistance: 6.5 million
➤ Malnourished children: 1.3 million
➤ Number of refugees: roughly 300,000
Violence persisted in many parts of the country in July with seasonal flooding compounding existing humanitarian needs. Sub-national violence in Jonglei and the Greater Pibor Administrative Area (GPAA) continued with attacks in Bor South, Duk and Twic East counties, causing civilian casualties and displacing an estimated 40,000 people.
The Africa Center for Strategic Studies mapped various risk factors for the spread of COVID-19 on the continent. South Sudan topped the list of African countries at highest risk for the next phase of the outbreak, informed by the following factors: public health system, density of and total population in urban areas, population age, government transparency, press freedom, conflict magnitude and forced displacement.
The scale and severity of acute food insecurity continue to rise at the July/August peak of the lean season in South Sudan. Emergency (IPC Phase 4) outcomes are widespread, indicating that a high proportion of the population is experiencing either large food consumption gaps or engaging in severe coping strategies in an attempt to mitigate food consumption gaps. Escalating inter-communal conflict and recent economic shocks associated with COVID-19 and lower oil revenue, underpinned by deficit crop production, persistently poor macroeconomic conditions, and the protracted political conflict, continue to limit household food and income sources.