2016 To Walk the Earth in Safety: South Sudan

Report
Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

South Sudan
Funding FY13 FY14 FY15 FY11-15 TOTAL
DOS NADR - CWD 2,500 2,135 2,000 10,535
DoD 459 0 0 826
Country Total 2,959 2,135 2,000 11,361
Dollars in thousands

Decades of civil war resulted in serious neglect of South Sudan’s economy and infrastructure. Residual landmines, UXO, SA/LW, and MANPADS threaten communities throughout the country and compromise security in the region. Recent conflict renewed concern about access to land for internally displaced persons (IDPs). Lack of access in certain northern provinces due to conflict and the pressing needs of IDPs in southern provinces prompted the United States to transition from traditional humanitarian mine action projects to focus on UXO clearance. Current implementing partners are adapting to the security situation and reorienting their plans to the needs of IDPs.

From 2003 to 2010, the United States provided more than $27.7 million in CWD funding to Sudan, directing most of it to southern provinces. From South Sudan’s independence in 2011 through 2015, the United States provided more than $11.3 million directly to South Sudan for mine and UXO removal, survivor assistance programs, and enhanced SA/LW stockpile security.

From October 2014 through December 2015, the Department of State supported the work of the following implementing partners:

• DCA provided EOD and battle area clearance teams in stable provinces around the capital, Juba.

• MAG provided a roving EOD-SA/LW team that disposed of stockpiles of abandoned ordnance and safely cleared UXO in stable provinces; it also supported a community liaison team.

• NPA provided EOD and battle area clearance teams in accessible provinces around Juba.