- FEWS NET Uganda: Key Message Update, Nov 2016
- UNHCR Uganda: Emergency Update on the South Sudan Refugee Situation - Inter-Agency Weekly | 23-29 Nov 2016
- ECHO Factsheet - Uganda - 21 Nov 2016
Appeals & Funding
- Humanitarian Action for Children 2016
- UNHCR: Revised South Sudan Regional Refugee Response Plan (Jan-Dec 2016)
Insecurity increases population displacement, humanitarian needs in Greater Equatoria, Unity
Relief actors continue cholera response efforts across South Sudan
Ongoing conflict increases number of South Sudanese refugees
Bidi Bidi in Northern Uganda was mostly sparsely populated grassland in July. A few family homesteads were clustered here and there. Now, it’s the second largest refugee camp in the world, home to 220,000 people.
Bidi Bidi hosts people fleeing South Sudan’s latest spasm of violence. Clashes in Juba 8 July sparked a collapse in the troubled state’s fragile peace. Government forces chased opposition fighters through the country. They spread war as they went. People fled in the wake of the mayhem.
Stressed (IPC Phase 2) likely to persist with second consecutive below-average harvest
Daily arrival figures from July 2016 are based on manual emergency registration or head-counts/wrist-banding. Confirmed figures will be available as the new arrivals undergo biometric registration.
Figures prior to July are from the Government’s Refugee Information Management System (RIMS).
PEOPLE IN NEED IN 2016: 6.1M
PEOPLE TARGETED IN 2016: 5.1M
PEOPLE REACHED IN Q1 2016: 2.89 M
In the second quarter of 2016, the humanitarian situation in South Sudan remained critical, with the onset of the lean season, fighting and displacement in new locations, the spread of measles and the beginning of a cholera outbreak in June.
Drought conditions likely to persist over eastern Horn, despite increased rains in some areas
The world’s greatest refugee crisis is unfolding in Syria and the neighbouring countries. The Government will once again step up its effort to alleviate suffering and help to ensure the best possible protection of the civilian population. We have therefore proposed an increase in humanitarian support for the Syria crisis of NOK 500 million,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
By Lydia Wamala
More than 44,000 South Sudanese refugees arrived in Uganda in the first two weeks of November, bringing the total to 340,000 since July, and there is no indication that the huge influx will slow down soon. At a cost of US$12 million per month for its refugee operation, WFP is overstretched and in urgent need of resources.
South Sudanese arrivals since 8 July 2016, based on field reports (as of 31 Oct)
Total South Sudanese refugees as of 31 Oct (both pre and post Dec 2013 caseload and new arrivals)
Refugees in South Sudan
Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in South Sudan, including 202,019 people in UNMISS Protection of Civilians site
INSIDE SOUTH SUDAN
260,453 Refugees in South Sudan
1,8 M IDPs in South Sudan, including 204,370 people in UNMISS Protection of Civilians site
US $276 million Funding requested for comprehensive needs in 2016
US $132 million Funding requested for priority needs in 2016
OUTSIDE SOUTH SUDAN
As of end of August 2016, nearly 2.5 million people had fled their homes in South Sudan since fighting broke out in December 2013, with over 1.6 million displaced people inside the country and 882,200 who had fled as refugees to neighbouring countries. There were about 196,960 people sheltering in Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites in United Nations bases.
1.1 Food security situation
Overall food security classification shows that half of the population in Karamoja (50%) is food insecure, of which 12% were found to be severely food insecure. While these findings suggest a marginal increase in food insecurity at regional (Karamoja) level since June 2015, there were marked district level variations:
Significant deterioration in Kaabong, Kotido, Napak & Abim districts;
Marked improvement in Moroto & Nakapiripirit districts;
The quest of the last 15 years to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) taught us that Global Goals can motivate and help sustain leaps in human progress. It also taught us that the specifics matter. In some places, the MDGs became a widely-recognized, consistent and important driver of local progress; in others, the role and impact of the MDGs was more ambiguous. A lot depended on way the MDGs were implemented: if local change agents made them meaningful locally; if local leaders drew on their legitimacy and visibility; if they were employed to solve real-life problems etc.
Since 1 July 2016, Uganda has received an unprecedented influx of refugees from South Sudan. By October, the total number of new arrivals from South Sudan alone since the beginning of the year was more than 330 000 (as of 1 November). An overwhelming majority (more than 80%) of the new arrivals are women and children.
• Close to three million South Sudanese have now fled their homes since December 2013.
• Thousands displaced by clashes in Unity.
• Food security experts warn of unprecedented levels of food insecurity in South Sudan in 2017.
• Communities along the River Nile are worst affected by the cholera outbreak and account for 91 per cent of reported cholera cases.
Displacement spikes following insecurity
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Late and erratic rains affecting planting and establishment of 2016 second season crops
Below-average harvest almost completed in Karamoja region
Maize prices on the rise in most markets
Food security improves in Karamoja region, but stocks expected to end earlier than usual
Rapidly increasing numbers of refugees from South Sudan in urgent need of humanitarian assistance