CERF-funded Project

South Sudan

Addressing the protection needs of persons with specific needs (20-RR-HCR-011)

Project overview

The main objective of this CERF project is to target people in the highly food-insecure locations of Ayod, Duk, Ulang, Pibor, and Kapoeta East. Persons with specific needs such as disabled people, children, separated children, the elderly, pregnant women and lactating mothers are at a heightened protection risk, as over 50 per cent of the households in these locations are female-headed households per WFP’s assessment. The situation has seriously affected the most vulnerable internally displaced persons, refugee returnees and local communities in the state, exposing them to deplorable conditions with heightened protection risks including exposure to waterborne diseases, diarrhea, acute food shortages and malnutrition, exposure to harsh weather elements as they sleep outside in the open, loss of life through drowning in the rising waters and exposure of women and girls to sexual and gender-based violence and exploitation while they seek shelter and basic needs. In view of the high protection risks in South Sudan, particularly to women, girls and persons with specific needs, in areas with elevated food insecurity, the provision of food assistance must be accompanied by enhanced protection services. As part of this project, UNHCR conducts protection by presence by using protection monitoring to identify and refer the most vulnerable cases. UNHCR ensures the protection needs are met through the identification, referrals and provision of assistance. Within this project, UNHCR targets 23,502 people with protection engagement.