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16 June, 2017
HORN, EAST, CENTRAL AFRICA
Uganda: There are now 910,000 South Sudanese refugees in the country - with over a quarter of a million arriving since the start of the year. Some estimates suggest as many as 2,000 are arriving on a daily basis in the West Nile region alone - and with the volatile situation in South Sudan, there's the real and worrying possibility this number may rise.
Oxfam's providing water trucking and working to install water storage tanks, as well as conducting hygiene awareness sessions and distributing seeds and tools. Our priorities over the coming weeks include building additional emergency latrines in the Imvepi settlement - to cope with new arrivals - and training hygiene promoters on cholera preparedness. So far our emergency response has reached 280,000 people.
Somaliland: Following reports of around 10,000 suspected cholera cases in the Togdheer region, we've had a team on the ground carrying out an assessment. We're now planning a water and sanitation response to start in the coming days. We've already been working in the territory on our drought response which has reached 42,000 people.
DRC: The already dire situation in the country continues to deteriorate. Along with our ongoing responses in the Kivu regions, and in Tanganyika (where half a million people were displaced following intercommunity violence) we're now also establishing a field office in the Kasai province. Previously stable, there's no humanitarian presence in the area where recent fighting has led to large-scale displacements. And this is in an area where food security was already at emergency levels.
There are serious problems accessing many in need, making any response very challenging. Because of this, we're beginning our response with quick 'drop and go' food distributions. We're then aiming to provide water, sanitation, livelihood and protection support to 50,000 affected people in the province.
Nigeria: In the north east of the country, returnees continue to cross the border from Cameroon - seemingly under the impression that farm land is safe to work again. The inadequate security situation in rural areas means this isn't the case, and people instead have been forced to seek shelter in camps and informal settlements in towns. For the vast majority of people, the main agricultural season has now been missed.
We're planning on extending our response into 2018, and anticipate that for this period many in Borno state will require ongoing, life-saving support. As areas become newly accessible, we also have a rapid response team on the ground ready to support water and sanitation needs. We've already reached 500,000 people with our response, and aim to increase this to 850,000 in the next year.
Central African Republic: We continue to work in several sites around the town of Bria after 40,000 were forced to flee from fighting. So far our response has included the distribution of 1,500 hygiene kits, water trucking, and food distributions to almost 6,000 affected households. We're also running several awareness campaigns to promote good hygiene practices.
MIDDLE EAST / NORTH AFRICA
Yemen: On top of the existing conflict and food crisis, Yemen's now facing a cholera epidemic of unprecedented scale. There are 135,000 suspected cases with 82% of areas affected. More than 8 million people lack access to safe drinking water and proper sanitation.
Oxfam has been training health workers to support water authorities in water chlorination as well as supplying oral rehydration sachets to treat mild and moderate cases of diarrhoea. We also continue to improve access to water alongside running health promotion campaigns. Some predict cholera cases may rise to 300,000 in the next 6 weeks.