- UNHCR Uganda - Update on the Burundi Refugee Response, 13-19 May, 2016
- FEWSNET Uganda Food Security Outlook Update April 2016
- UNHCR Uganda: Update for the South Sudanese emergency (1-14 April 2016)
Appeals & Funding
The Great Lakes Region highlights the interconnected nature of conflict. This is particularly true for the four focus countries of the Great Lakes Project (GLP), namely Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Uganda. This interconnectedness forms the basis of the GLP’s regional approach.
56% Of refugees in Uganda are under the age of eighteen
120,208 Refugees and asylum-seekers living in Adjumani Refugee Settlement, Uganda’s largest settlement
2% Of refugees in Uganda are elderly (over the age of 60)
25,873 Refugees and asylum-seekers have arrived in Uganda in the first two months of 2016
The trend of Burundian new arrivals seeking safety, protection and assistance in Uganda continued to decrease this week. In Nakivale, a total of 35 new Burundian new arrivals were received at the settlement compared to 54 as previously reported. Of these 15 (all male) arrived through Katuna, 16 (11 Male and 5 Female) arrived through Mirama Hills and 4 (3 male and 1 Female) were received through Mutukula border. Majority of the new arrivals (21) walked to the reception centre while 14 were transported by AIRD from the borders.
A total of 3,857 South Sudanese new arrivals have arrived in Uganda as of 12 May, lower than the 4,038 individuals received in the same period last month.
The new arrival trend increased in the last week of April following the return and swearing in of South Sudan vice president Riek Machar to the capital Juba and decreased in the first week of May, but largely remains the same compared to April. Majority of the 2016 new arrivals are children (72%) and women (19.5%).
The month of May is witnessing a declining number of Burundian new arrivals crossing into Uganda, similar to April’s trend. In the reporting period, a total of 54 Burundians were received at the reception centre, down from last week’s 75 individuals.
Entering through Katuna, Mirama Hills, and Mutukula border points, 34 walked into the reception centre, 20 were transported by AIRD from the borders and 10 were referred by OPM from Kampala.
2016 is set to be an important year for a programming shift in the Kenya refugee operation. Reorientation from traditional care and maintenance in the camps, towards truly solutions-oriented programming, is starting to take root in response to the new circumstances and unprecedented global challenges.
Total number of South Sudanese refugees and asylum-seekers registered and active in Uganda as of 26 April 2016.
Pre-1st January 2016
From 1st January to the reporting period.
*note that figures are likely to fluctuate slightly in the coming weeks as the results of the verification exercise in Kiryandongo are reflected.
Settlement breakdown of SSD refugees and asylum seekers registered in 2016:
GLOBAL HEALTH IMPACTS
• Severe drought and associated food insecurity, flooding, rains and temperature rises due to El Niño 2015-2016 are causing a wide range of health problems, including disease outbreaks, malnutrition and disruption of health services.
• El Niño 2015-2016 is affecting more than 60 million people, especially in Eastern and Southern Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and Asia-Pacific.
The number of Burundian individuals seeking refuge in Uganda has reduced but in a typical fluctuating trend as observed in the first quarter of the year. In Nakivale, less than a hundred Burundians (78) arrived in the reporting period compared to last week’s 163 new arrivals. Of the new arrivals, 37 arrived through Mirama Hills, five were from Mutukulu, seven from Gatuna border and 23 were referrals from Kyangwali Refugee Settlement. There were additional six walk-ins that were received at Kabazana Reception Centre.
22,376 refugee children in Nakivale and Oruchinga settlements were reached through the UNICEF, District Local Government and Ministry of Health supported vaccination campaigns.
1,645 ECD going children have benefited from the construction of 12 ECD classroom blocks, with support from UNICEF in Nakivale, the Burundi hosting refugee settlement.
In 2016 over 125 million people living in crisis-affected countries are in need of humanitarian assistance. The humanitarian community is committed to providing aid to over 87 million of those in need. The risks to health posed by humanitarian emergencies are at an all-time high. Developments such as climate change, urbanization, population growth and worsening civil conflict are increasing the frequency and severity of many types of emergencies. Attacks on health workers and health facilities are also on the rise.
Building more resilient livelihoods is increasingly being recognized as one of the most powerful means to mitigate – or even prevent – food security crises. Since 2008, FAO has been at the forefront of efforts to measure the resilience capacity of people to food insecurity and the effectiveness of resilience strenghtening interventions. In this framework, FAO has pioneered the development and the use of Resilience Index Measurement and Analysis (RIMA).
As humanitarians we can never take over the role of the state, but we do have a complementary part to play, remaining accountable to the people we seek to support. That can involve coordinating, supporting, capacity building and advocating with the relevant authorities to uphold their protection responsibilities towards people at risk.
The Evaluation of UNHCR’s response to the refugee emergency in Ethiopia and Uganda follows from the declaration of the L3 emergency for South Sudan on 3 February 2014.1 It 20 was undertaken in line with UNHCR’s revised Policy on Emergency Response, Activation, Leadership and Activities approved by the High Commissioner on 21st January 2015.
As of 28th January, 2016, UNICEF and partners have supported over 180,585 Sudanese in Uganda since the influx began in mid-December 2013. The majority of South Sudan Refugees are hosted in Adjumani, Arua, Kiryandongo and Kampala with an arrival trend of 50 individuals per day in the first three days of January 2016 then shot up peaking on January 7-8 with over 700 daily arrivals.
According to Government of Uganda’s Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) reports, a total of 20,136 refugees have been received in Uganda since November 2014 and 47 per cent of them are children under the age of years. The period 14th – 24 th January 2016 saw the entry of a total of 601 new Burundian refugees compared to 390 refugees in the last week of January 8-13,and 151 in the previous week January 1st -7 th before that showing an increase in trends.