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21 Nov 2016 description

Key messages

  • Since 1 July 2016, Uganda has received an unprecedented influx of refugees from South Sudan. By October, the total number of new arrivals from South Sudan alone since the beginning of the year was more than 330 000 (as of 1 November). An overwhelming majority (more than 80%) of the new arrivals are women and children.

18 Nov 2016 description
  • The Kenyan government decided to postpone the closure of the refugee camps in Dadaab by six months, from initially end of November 2016 to end of May 2017. The camps in Dadaab host around 276 000 refugees, including over 260 000 of Somali origin. Authorities in Somalia, especially from the neighbouring Jubbaland region to which most refugees repatriate, continue to highlight the lack of basic services, shelter, security and durable solutions for new arrivals, who face the risk of simply joining internally displaced camps.

11 Nov 2016 description
  • Since the new upsurge of the conflict in South Sudan on 8 July, a continuous influx of around 240 000 refugees has fled from South Sudan into Uganda, an overwhelming majority of them women and children.

  • This takes the estimated total number of refugees and asylum seekers in Uganda to nearly 800 000, including 526 000 from South Sudan, more than 222 000 from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and more than 42 000 from Burundi.

11 Nov 2016 description

The European Commission will provide €78 million in emergency aid to help those affected by the South Sudan crisis both within the country and in the region. Over 1 million refugees from South Sudan have fled to neighbouring countries, with the number expected to grow. There are currently 2 million displaced people within the country. The funding was announced today by Commissioner Christos Stylianides who is currently in Uganda, one of the largest refugee and asylum-seekers hosting country in the world.

10 Nov 2016 description

WFP and FAO warn of impending famine in South Sudan. It is estimated that between 3.7 and 4 million people (more than a third of the total estimated population) are currently severely food insecure. This is a one million increase compared to the same period last year.

12 Oct 2016 description

Emergencies and crises disproportionately affect girls' access to education. Today, 4 of the 5 countries with the largest gender gaps in education are conflict-affected countries (CAR, Chad, Yemen and South Sudan). For secondary school the gender gap is even greater.

04 Oct 2016 description

Since fighting broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese have fled to neighbouring countries such as Kenya. There are over 85 000 South Sudanese refugees residing at the Kakuma refugee camp in north-western Kenya. More than 60% of new arrivals are 17 years of age or younger, many are unaccompanied or separated from their families. This places extra strain on the camp’s infrastructure which only has a limited number of education facilities.

03 Oct 2016 description

The spiral of conflict in South Sudan continues to deteriorate with several more factions declaring war on the current government in the past week. As the situation deteriorates, ethnic divisions are increasingly driving the conflict and civilians increasingly bearing the brunt of its consequences. In Yei (Central Equatoria), around 100,000 people are estimated to be trapped and encircled by government forces. Reports indicate widespread human rights abuses, violent killings, sexual assault and extensive looting of private homes by uniformed soldiers and armed militia at night.

23 Sep 2016 description
  • Since 3 September, over 17 000 new South Sudanese refugees have arrived in the Gambella region in Ethiopia. Mostly originate from the Upper Nile State in South Sudan and are fleeing insecurity and food shortages.

  • New arrivals continue to be received at an average 1 000 people per day. As 22 September, over 5 000 people have been registered and over 1 500 unaccompanied and separated children have been identified.

16 Aug 2016 description

When South Sudan attained its independence in July 2011, after decades of devastating civil war, many hoped that to be a new beginning and a bright future for the children of the new country. But that new day never came; the hope didn’t last even for a couple of years. Since December 2013, civil war has disrupted the lives and education of hundreds of thousands of children. And there is no end in sight as last year’s peace agreement is under threat after renewed fighting.

09 Aug 2016 description
  • Against an ever worsening humanitarian situation, WFP has had its flight clearances revoked by South Sudanese authorities for airdrops of food from anywhere into South Sudan. As the food security situation is seriously deteriorating in Northern Bahr el Ghazal and food airdrops were planned for 200 000 people across the state, this is a very disturbing development and WFP is seeking further clarifications.

04 Aug 2016 description
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Sudan and South Sudan - version 3
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Technical Annex - version 3

The full implementation of this HIP is conditional upon the making available of appropriations from the general budget of the Union.

AMOUNT: EUR 128 500 000

28 Jul 2016 description

Facts & Figures

Since fighting erupted in December 2013:
- More than 1.61 million internally displaced people according to UN estimates
- Over 200 000 people seeking refuge at UN Mission compounds (UNMIS)
- Over 831 000 South Sudanese refugees & asylum seekers in neighbouring countries (UNHCR)
- 55 aid workers killed by warring parties (UNOCHA)
- About 4.8 million people experiencing food shortages
- Number of refugees from neighbouring countries in South Sudan: over 263 000 (UNHCR)

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28 Jul 2016 description

The European Commission has today announced €40 million in emergency humanitarian assistance for people affected by the crisis in South Sudan, bringing the total support from the Commission to €103 million for 2016.

The funding comes as the humanitarian situation worsens in the country, with 15 000 people displaced following the eruption of renewed fighting in the capital Juba earlier this month.