- UNHCR Uganda: Emergency Update on the South Sudan Refugee Situation Inter-Agency Daily #9 | 21st July 2016
- UNICEF Uganda CO South Sudanese, Burundi and DRC Refugees, Internal Displacement and Disease Outbreaks SitRep, June 2016
- FEWSNET Uganda Food Security Outlook Update Jun 2016
Appeals & Funding
- Humanitarian Action for Children 2016
- UNHCR: Revised South Sudan Regional Refugee Response Plan (Jan-Dec 2016)
1. Brief description of the emergency and impact
On July 9th renewed clashes broke out in the South Sudanese capital of Juba due to a reported power struggle between the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) in the government and the SPLA opposition.
Fairfield, Conn. (July 22, 2016) - More than 2,000 refugees are arriving in Northern Uganda daily after fleeing the on-going threat of violence in war-torn South Sudan. 90% of the people crossing are women and children, including vulnerable mothers with newborn babies.
Sexual violence, including rape, by soldiers in uniform continues in Juba. The majority of attacks reported are taking place against women leaving the Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites in search of food and other life-saving needs, including in the immediate vicinity of the PoC gates. Humanitarian agencies have requested additional foot patrols by UNMISS soldiers.
LWF received more than 12,000 people this week
(LWI) – Following violent clashes in South Sudan, thousands of South Sudanese have now arrived in Uganda to seek refuge in the neighboring country.
Most are entering through Elegu collection center at the border between South Sudan and Uganda, which has been managed by The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) since December 2013.
This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andreas Needham – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 22 July 2016, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
By: Andreas Needham | 22 July 2016
The media, being one of the key partners, the Ministry and its partners have implored the media to support their efforts towards strengthening routine immunization coverage countrywide. Journalists from the print, electronic and online media were oriented and sensitized on delivering appropriate educational messages to the public on the benefits of immunization.
July 20, 2016-- On Monday, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan For Aids Relief (PEPFAR), announced the provisional winners of its $85 million DREAMS innovation challenge to reduce HIV/AIDS rates among adolescent girls and women in sub-Saharan African countries.
Despite Uganda’s generous policy towards refugees, the latest influx is putting the country’s resources under strain.
By: Michael O'Hagan | 21 July 2016
Refugees from South Sudan arrive at a UNHCR collection centre on the South Sudan border in Egelo, Uganda. © UNHCR/Will Swanson
ADJUMANI, Uganda – Lucy Lul says she realised war was coming when she heard there was a convoy of vehicles on the road from Juba, the capital of South Sudan, to Uganda.
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In a bid to intensify efforts towards the management of the Malaria epidemic in Northern Uganda, the Ministry of Health is undertaking Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) in 10 epidemic districts this September. The exrecise is intended to contribute to the objective of achieving and sustaining protection of at least 85% of the population at risk of malaria through recommended Malaria prevention measures by 2017.
By Cecilia Okoth
KAMPALA - The ministry of health has enough stock of vaccines to cater for South Sudan child refugees who have since last week fled their country due to political instability.
Dr. Henry Luzze, who is the deputy manager of Uganda National Expanded Program on Immunisation, said the immunisation program at the ministry is prepared for all eventualities including migrating populations.
The flow of refugees from South Sudan to neighbouring countries is increasing. In Uganda, the latest figures show a high increase in the numbers of refugees with 2,647 refugees arriving from South Sudan on Monday 18 July 2016, i.e. nearly double the number of refugees which arrived in previous days. The majority of refugees are arriving from Eastern Equatoria with smaller numbers of refugees arriving from Juba. Over 90% of the refugees are women and children.
◾Harassment and killing of the civilian population remains a serious concern. Soldiers entered Gorom camp (20 km from Juba), harassing refugees and threatening the lives of refugee representatives. Media reports indicate that 5 civilians have been killed in Yei, resulting in the population fleeing into the bush to seek refuge.
This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Leo Dobbs – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 19 July 2016, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
The number of people seeking shelter and safety in Uganda from South Sudan has risen significantly in the past few days and we believe the influx will keep growing in the days ahead as tensions remain high across the border.
In view of fighting in South Sudan, notably Juba, UNHCR has activated preparations to implement the inter-agency refugee contingency plan in Uganda.
Even if the ceasefire continues to hold, spikes in influx between 10 000-30 000 South Sudanese refugees are anticipated.
Currently the passage through the Elegu border appears to be closed on the South Sudan side. This poses the risk that those fleeing enter through other border points, where UNHCR is not present. If the Elegu passage opens there is a high risk of influxes with unprecedented arrival rates.
The number of Ugandans dying from HIV/AIDS-related illness has reduced by 50.7% in one year, according to the new report from the Ministry of Health. This,according to the Minister of Health, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, is “great progress” in Uganda’s quest towards containing the HIV/AIDS scourge.
According to Dr. Aceng, 31000 people with HIV died in 2014, down from 63,000 in 2013, a reduction of 32,000 deaths. AIDS-related deaths were 67,000 in 2010 and over 75,000 in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
While the humanitarian situation in Juba is gradually de-escalating, conflict and ethnically motivated attacks continue unabated throughout the country. Along the corridor between Juba and Nimule and at the border with Uganda, civilians continue to be prevented from leaving South Sudan. Though latest reports indicate that people without luggage may cross the border, this only leads to further family separations as people seem to send their children alone to safe areas while staying behind with their belongings.
Sparse Investigations Fuel Conflict in Rwenzori Region
The Ugandan government should investigate the killings of at least 50 people in the Rwenzori region, 17 of them by security forces, between February and April 2016, and make the findings public, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the police inspector general.
Kampala - The United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Assistant Administrator for Crisis Response has commended Uganda’s integration of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and management of refugees through it refugee policy as key best practises that many other countries in the world can learn from.
Although the ceasefire continues to hold in Juba, the UN estimates that as of 13 July, around 34,000 people remain displaced in various locations in the city. Most of the affected people are women, children and elderly. Grave concern is also raised for possible ethnically motivated revenge attacks.