- 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 US$/SSP exchange rates exhibited daily fluctuations for the better part of April 2016. The local currency gained slight ground against the USD in the intervening period of signing of the Compromise Peace Agreement in the last two weeks of April, only to resume loosing trends thereafter and was exchanging at SSP 36-39/1$ in third week of May in the black market. The persistent shortage of dollars continued to dis-incentivize imports into the country during the reporting month.
Resourcing remains a serious concern for the refugee operation. If new funding is not secured soon, the operation is likely to face critical pipeline breaks in August 2016.
WFP is providing food assistance to about 430,000 refugees through food transfers and, increasingly, cash-based transfers.
· Food stocks are stretched and WFP requires USD 117 million for the next six months to meet the needs of new arrivals and existing refugees, particularly in Kenya, Sudan and Uganda.
· Deteriorating food and nutrition security, driven by high food prices and the declining economic situation is affecting South Sudanese across the country.
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.
The worsening humanitarian situation and the suffering of the people of South Sudan have reached unimaginable proportions. The country ranks second in the European Commission's Global Vulnerability and Crisis Assessment index (after the Central African Republic). South Sudan was the world's most fragile State in 2014 and 2015 (Fragile States index).
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.
PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR NOVEMBER 2016
Director of Programmes, Plan International Headquarters
Food and water distributions are helping communities survive despite El Niño-caused droughts but long-term needs remain, blogs Plan International’s Jonathan Mitchell.
Rainfall is long overdue in Ethiopia.
Travelling to Lalibella in the Amhara Region, the land is bone dry and the region is in the midst of a drought caused by the El Niño weather phenomenon.
EL NIÑO WEATHER PHENOMENON
REPORTING PERIOD HIGHLIGHTS
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.
Identified unaccompanied Minors and Separated Children
Households provided with cash grants since 1st January2015
NFIs distributed since 1st January 2015
Shelters distributed since 1st January 2015
Partners reached people in Mundri East with assistance after 10 months without access.
Health partners are responding to measles outbreaks in 11 counties.
More than 100,000 South Sudanese have sought refuge in neighbouring countries since January.
Partners ramp up cholera preparedness.
The UN has strongly condemned the attack on Bentiu compound.
Humanitarian assistance reaches Mundri East
This bulletin examines trends in staple food and fuel prices, the cost of the basic food basket and consumer price indices for 71 countries in the first quarter of 2016 (January to March).1 The maps on pages 6–7 disaggregate the impact analysis to sub-national level.
•During Q1-2016, FAO’s global cereal price index fell by 14 percent year-on-year thanks to ample supplies and stock positions. The index is now at levels last seen in early 2007. The FAO global food price index is 15 percent lower than in Q1-2015.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
- Good prospects for 2016 first season crop production
- Maize prices seasonally increasing but at low levels
- High food vulnerability persists in Karamoja Region
Favourable prospects for 2016 first season crop production
In March 2016, fighting in Western Bahr el-Ghazal continued to forced thousands to flee their homes in and around Wau. In Gette payam, Jur River County, more than 5,000 IDPs are reported to be living in makeshift structures in four newly establish settlements after fleeing fighting in the border area between Bessilia and Gette payams during the month. In Jonglei, inter-communal fighting in Pochalla North and South counties from 21 to 31 March left thousands of people estimated to be displaced and in need of humanitarian assistance.
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: