Seventeen significant access incidents were reported in March, compared to seven in February. They included the looting and taxation of supplies, access denials out of Yei and Wau, and relocations of personnel due to insecurity. At least 42 humanitarians were relocated due to insecurity from Abiemnhom, Koch and Leer in Unity, and Nasir and Ulang in Upper Nile. This affected food distributions to thousands of people and led to the early termination of a needs assessment in Mandeng, Nasir.
Four looting incidents affected food, health, nutrition and WASH programming. An estimated 315 malnourished children were affected by the looting in Duk, Jonglei. State security forces repeatedly denied a demining team’s access from Wau to Jur River until senior officials intervened. State civilian authorities continued to deny access to Koyok, Lainya County since January, until extensive negotiations enabled a security risk assessment and assessment planning. Non-state civilian 60 authorities along the Sobat corridor continued to interfere in operations. Food items on route from Ethiopia’s Gambella to support around 10,000 people in Longochuk, Upper Nile, were held and taxed at multiple points; mobility tracking was delayed due to interference; and 11 personnel were held over income tax disputes. The South Sudanese Customs Authority introduced an Electronic Cargo Tracking requirement for all shipments to the country, expected to cause significant delays 35 to logistics and operations unless a waiver for humanitarian goods could be obtained. In a positive development, road security out of Yei started to improve, although criminality remained a concern. The number of checkpoints and fees demanded along the Juba-Bentiu corridor reportedly reduced following national level intervention.