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27 Jul 2015 description

Key Issues:

  • The on-going El Niño phenomenon will continue to negatively affect rainfall patterns until the first quarter of 2016.

  • The relief food beneficiary figure is expected to increase for the remainder of 2015. The HRD midyear review is tentatively scheduled to be launched in mid-August.

  • Following the cholera outbreak in South Sudan, health partners in Gambella are working with the Government to implement preventive and control measures, including awareness raising and drug pre-positioning by UNICEF.

23 Jul 2015 description

48.000 refugees from Leitchore and Nip Nip camps were relocated to Jewi camp mid May 2015. The refugees were affected by a flood that occurred last year.

It is only two months since the refugees were relocated to Jewi, but inside Jewi refugee camp it looks like the refugees have been there far longer. Children have made friends, businesses have been established, food has been distributed and neighbours are interacting. However, there are still a lot of facilities that need to be put in place in order to assist the relocated refugees.

23 Jul 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The general security situation in Gambella Region has been calm, with no incidents reported during the week, with exception of the fire exchange between the federal police and alleged armed men from South Sudan which was reported in Pagak entry point. This resulted in a temporary restriction of movements across the border. The incident was later peacefully resolved by regional authorities.

20 Jul 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Unfavourable prospects for 2015 secondary “belg” season cereal crops

  • Poor livestock body conditions in most pastoral areas due to dry weather conditions affecting pasture and water

  • Cereal prices increasing in June due to progress of lean season coupled with unfavourable prospects for “belg” season

  • Food security conditions deteriorate in “belg” season dependent areas as well as in most pastoralist areas

15 Jul 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • South Sudanese refugees continued to arrive in Ethiopia at a daily average rate of 205 people. They crossed through Pagak, Akobo, Burbiey and Raad entry points and told UNHCR staff that they were fleeing generalized violence and food insecurity in Upper Nile and Jonglei states in particular.

15 Jul 2015 description

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15 Jul 2015 description

Contextual Background

Pattern in Population Change

  • As the refugee camps in Gambella quickly reached their capacity, Kule Refugee Camp was opened on 17 May 2014 to receive the new arrivals, transiting mainly from Akobo, Pagak and Burbiey entry points.

Areas of Origin

  • The population is primarily comprised of refugees originating from South Sudan’s Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei states.

Cultural Background

15 Jul 2015 description

Contextual Background

Historical background

  • At the onset of the emergency in South Sudan (mid-December 2013), refugees arrived at various Ethiopian border entry points (mainly Pagak, Burbiey and Akobo). They were relocated to established camps, such as Tierkidi Camp.

Areas of Origin

  • The Tierkidi camp population is primarily comprised of refugees from South Sudan’s Upper Nile and Jonglei States.

Cultural Background

15 Jul 2015 description

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14 Jul 2015 description

Ethiopia - IOM Ethiopia restarted its evacuation of South Sudanese refugees from the Gambella border to camps inside the country this week. Some 571 people were moved from Akobo to Burbiey.

The camp-to-camp relocations, which have moved over 40,000 people, are designed to relocate people from flood-prone border camps. Last year many of refugees in the camps were forced to flee to higher ground. This year, due to the swift camp-to-camp relocation, this has been avoided.