- WFP Situation Report #5: Burundi Refugee Influx (24 June 2015)
- FEWS NET Food Security Outlook April to September 2015
- UNICEF Humanitarian Situation Report, 20 Feb 2015
Appeals & Funding
The number of Burundian refugees arriving in Uganda since November 2014 was approximately 9,000 as at 24 June 2015, with the arrival rate at 100/day in the Nakivale settlement in southwest Uganda. About 80 percent of the new arrivals came in from March 2015 onward.
The majority of the new arrivals say they are coming to Uganda due to security concerns in countries that surround Burundi, family linkages in Uganda and knowledge of more liberal refugee policies of the government in Uganda.
Finn Church Aid (FCA) and the Ugandan government have finalised a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for three years. The MoU is recognition of FCA’s work as a strong humanitarian actor specifically in the field of education.
With the MoU, FCA is responsible for organising vocational training in the refugee settlement of Rwamwanja. FCA will also build learning spaces, support refugee children with disabilities and the livelihood of people in crises.
Tension is on the rise in Bujumbura in view of the first round of presidential elections, as rumors of attacks to destabilize the process circulate. In light of this, the number of Burundians leaving the country has increased. The police and military are still present in some parts of the city centre and suburbs. Criminality is on the rise and grenade attacks are recorded almost daily.
Snapshot 24–30 June 2015
Burundi: Turnout at the parliamentary elections was low. Voting stations were targeted and there was a spate of grenade attacks in the capital: several people were injured. Around 1,000 Burundians are leaving the country every day: 62,000 refugees are now in Tanzania, 45,000 in Rwanda, and 10,600 in DRC.
South Sudan: Households in some areas of Unity and Upper Nile states are suspected to be facing Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5) food security outcomes. 5–8% of the country’s population are suffering severe acute malnutrition.
Preliminary Appeal Target: US$ 470,046 Balance
Requested: US$ 470,046
Geneva, 30 June 2015
Snapshot 17–23 June 2015
Yemen: 2.3 million more people are food insecure than in March – the total is now at 12.9 million people. 279 children have been killed and 402 injured in the conflict, out of almost 2,600 total deaths and 11,000 injured. 53 health facilities have been damaged. Peace talks have ended with no agreement.
The average arrival of Burundian refugees into Uganda is approximately 169 individuals. Refugee children are being hosted at Nakivale Refugee settlement Camp and in case the numbers increase they will be hosted in Oruchinga Camp.
UNICEF has provided the Children with therapeutic nutrition services to address malnutrition in addition to health supplies (Polio and measles doses, cold chain equipment) to expand services.
On 11 June, the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region, Said Djinnit, stepped down as facilitator of the peace-talks between the Burundian government, opposition parties and civil society groups. Mr. Djinnit had attempted to assist in the resolution of the crisis following President Pierre Nkurunziza’s announcement to run for a third term. He encouraged all parties to continue their dialogue “with a view to create conditions conducive to holding free, fair, inclusive and peaceful elections”.
Snapshot 10–16 June 2015
Ebola in Sierra Leone and Guinea: Weekly Ebola case incidence has risen for two consecutive weeks. Guinea recorded 16 new cases in the week to 7 June, five from unknown chains of transmission. Sierra Leone recorded 15 cases, the highest weekly total since late March. It has extended the state of emergency for 90 days.
The South Sudanese Government delegation began consultative talks in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) prior to the African Union (AU) Heads of State Summit in South Africa (16-17 June 2015). The Summit is expected to discuss the proposed new format of the talks including the Troika countries (United States of America, United Kingdom and Norway), the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), China and five other members of the AU.
30,892 Identified unaccompanied minors
73 Households provided with cash grants since 1st January 2015
1,303,276 NFIs distributed since January
2,031 Shelters distributed since January
Snapshot 3-9 June 2015
Yemen: 20 million people, close to 80% of the population, are estimated to need humanitarian aid. 500,000 people were displaced in May, bringing the total displaced since 26 March to more than 1 million. The escalation in the conflict has meant two million more people are food insecure, and six million more lack access to healthcare, and 9.4 million lack access to safe water.
Current trends suggest increased inflows of Burundian refugees into Uganda with an average arrival of approximately 150 households or 350 individuals within the last few days.
Uganda’s Burundi Refugees Response Plan was presented by David Apollo Kazungu, Commissioner, Department of Refugees, Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) on the 26th of May.
SOUTH SUDAN: On 18 and 23 May, UNHCR together with local authorities and the host community organized official ceremonies to hand over agricultural land to refugees in Kaya, Yusuf Batil and Gendrassa camps. The host community provided 3,295 ha in Kaya and 431 ha in Yusuf Batil and Gendrassa camps in 2015. Refugee communities have started demarcation and allocation of land. To increase refugees’ self-reliance, UNHCR and its partners are supporting refugees with the distribution of seeds.
The Government of Burundi announced the postponement of general elections and there are discussions and negotiations within the political parties.
In Burundi, UNHCR is receiving a lot of requests from urban refugees to be relocated to camps. Like Burundian nationals, urban refugees are moving for security reasons as well as loss of livelihood opportunities.
In this briefing note, Watchlist highlights abductions of children in situations of armed conflict and the detention of children allegedly associated with armed forces or groups, through examining the Secretary-General’s annual reports from 2002 to 2014.
Delivering aid in a time of massive crises
More than 1 million people in the Horn of Africa, South Sudan and Yemen received direct assistance from NRC in 2014, shows the new annual report for 2014.
Snapshot 28 May–2 June 2015
Iraq: 104,000 IDPs from Ramadi district over 15–29 May brings the total number of displaced in Anbar to 238,000 since April. They are facing serious restrictions accessing neighbouring governorates. In Anbar, Islamic State abducted 400 children in the last week of May. The humanitarian response for Syria is facing severe cutbacks due to funding shortages.
Currently Uganda is receiving around 400 new arrivals daily. Many indicate that they fled violence perpetrated by the youth wing of the ruling party in Burundi. Others express fears the security situation could deteriorate further.
HIGHLIGHTS - Since April 2015, UNHCR has been providing over 110 satellite phone call services to some of the South Sudanese displaced in the Protection of Civilian (POC) site in Wau (Western Bahr el Ghazal State) helping families restore contact with their relatives among four of South Sudan's ten states. These satellite calls help IDPs to talk with their families across conflict frontlines and to discover family members they thought were killed in the conflict. Each family is provided with a ten minute time slot, with UNHCR personnel supervising at both ends.