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01 Apr 2015 description

2015 HRD LAUNCHED

On 6 March, the Government launched the 2015 Humanitarian Requirements Document. The appeal calls for US$386 million to address the relief food needs of 2.9 million people and emergency needs in the nutrition, WaSH, health, agriculture and education sectors.
With $41 million carry-over from 2014, the amount required to fund humanitarian operations during the year is $344 million.

FOOD SECURITY

30 Mar 2015 description

Key Issues:

  • Resource shortfalls are reported for the second and third rounds relief food ration for 2015.

  • Seasonal rains started in most woredas. Assessment in the coming days will determine the impact of the rains on availability of water and pasture.

  • The Japanese Government donated US$11.8 million to assist South Sudanese refugees and host communities in Gambella region. UNHCR will receive $5.8 million, WFP $5 million and WHO $1 million.

28 Mar 2015 description

This Indicator Report provides a monthly snapshot of the regional response to the South Sudan Situation. The indicators included report on the Post 15 December 2013 South Sudan caseload only. The report is prepared through collaboration with the reporting country and the Regional Support Hub, Nairobi.

The notes below provide further contextual information on various sector indicators:

NUTRITION

• All recovery rates for both SAM (OTP) and MAM (TSFP) are well within the SPHERE standards of performance.

SHELTER

25 Mar 2015 description

ADDIS ABABA - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) today thanked the government of Japan for its generous and timely donation of US$11.8 million to assist South Sudanese refugees and the host community in Gambella regional state in western Ethiopia.

The three UN agencies acknowledged the Japanese Ambassador in Ethiopia, His Excellency Mr. Kazuhiro Suzuki, for the crucial contribution to deliver life-saving assistance and services to refugees and the host community.

25 Mar 2015 description

Relocation Site for Flooded Leitchuor Camps Established

(LWI) – Hope for the refugees in the flooded Ethiopian camps of Gambella: A new camp site has been approved for relocation. On Sunday 15 March, the Gambella regional authorities endorsed Jewii as the new camp for urgent development ahead of the next rainy season which is expected to start in May or June. The Jewii camp will have a capacity to host 50,000 people, accommodating the refugees, mostly women and children, from the flood-affected Leitchuor.

23 Mar 2015 description

Key Issues:

  • The 2015 appeal calls for $386 million; with $41 million carry-over from 2014, the target is $344 million.
    Funding prospects are bleak.

  • Commodity shortfalls are reported for the first round relief food ration for 2015.

  • Following the relocation of more than 48,000 South Sudanese refugees from Leitchuor camp,
    Jewi, the new camp in Gambella region, will nearly reach full capacity. Additional camp sites are needed to accommodate new arrivals

19 Mar 2015 description

Addis Ababa March 18/2015 The commitment of Ethiopia to accommodate refugees is highly appreciable, Deputy Assistant Secretary of US Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration said.

Deputy Assistant SecretaryCatherine A. Wiesner, officials and international organization representatives yesterday inaugurated a new refugee camp that can accommodate 50,000 refugees in Gambella Regional State as the Leitchuor camp is exposed to floods.

17 Mar 2015 description

GAMBELLA, Ethiopia, March 17 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency this week began relocating more than 50,000 South Sudanese refugees from flood-prone areas of western Ethiopia ahead of the start of the rainy season in late April.

The refugees are being moved from the Leitchuor and Nip Nip refugee camps in the Gambella region. Last year, in August, both camps were severely hit by floodwaters during unusually heavy seasonal rains, which caused the Baro River to burst its banks.

12 Mar 2015 description

Historical background

At the onset of the emergency in South Sudan (mid‐December 2013), refugees began arriving 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

The refugees are predominantly ethnic Nuer (99%)  

Main Occupations