- 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
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- UNHCR: Revised South Sudan Regional Refugee Response Plan (Jan-Dec 2016)
Nearly all refugees are women and children escaping stepped-up fighting between forces loyal to president and those loyal to its former vice-president
By Sebastien Malo
NEW YORK, July 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than 8,300 refugees fled violence in war-torn South Sudan and crossed into neighboring Uganda in a single day this week, setting a one-day record for this year, United Nations officials said on Friday.
Fighting in Juba left hundreds of people dead or injured and tens of thousands displaced.
Sharp increase in suspected cholera cases.
The number of South Sudanese people seeking shelter and safety in Uganda has risen significantly.
One aid worker killed during fighting in Buaw, Koch County.
Partners face challenges to meet growing needs in and around Wau.
Thousands displaced by fighting in Juba
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.
847,964 Total South Sudanese refugees as of 30 June (both pre Dec 2013 caseload and new arrivals)
973,000 Total South Sudanese expected by 31 December 2016 (RRP Planning Figure)
266,916 Refugees in South Sudan
1.69 M Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in South Sudan
FUNDING (as of 27 June)
USD 573.4 M Requested by UNHCR for the situation
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.
As of 16 July, an estimated 12,800 people remain displaced after fighting erupted in Juba over 7–11 July. They are at UN House (6,838), UNMISS Tongping (3,300), Don Bosco Gumbo (1,800), Rajaf village (500), St Joseph Parish Church (100), SSRC Compound (109), and San Francis Pitia school (150): see map page 6 (CCCM 16/07/2016).. Humanitarian agencies currently have access, but this is not stable as the ceasefire is fragile and the situation remains tense. Main needs include water, food, health, and protection.
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.
264,204 total refugees residing in South Sudan
743,907 refugees originating from South Sudan post 15 Dec 2013
114,228 refugees originating from South Sudan pre 15 Dec 2013
Food stocks are stretched. WFP requires immediate contributions to meet the needs of new arrivals and existing refugees in neighbouring countries, given the continued instability and high food insecurity levels in South Sudan.
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.
Juba, South Sudan | AFP | Thursday 7/14/2016 - 16:57 GMT |
by Peter MARTELL with Michael O'HAGAN in Nimule, Uganda
A heavily armed Ugandan military convoy crossed into South Sudan Thursday to evacuate citizens trapped in the capital Juba, amid fears that fierce fighting could flare up again despite a ceasefire.
Following four days of intense battles in Juba that left hundreds dead and forced around 40,000 to flee, a tense ceasefire has been in place since Monday but the UN has warned that violence could erupt again.
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 12 July 2016, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
By: Leo Dobbs
UNHCR is calling on all armed parties to ensure safe passage for people fleeing the fighting that erupted late last week in Juba between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and First Vice-President Riek Machar and we urge neighbouring countries to keep borders open to people seeking asylum.
12 July 2016 – The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has reported that the ceasefire in the crisis-gripped country appears to be “largely holding, barring sporadic gunfire,” while the UN refugee agency has urged countries to keep their borders open for people fleeing tensions in Juba, where the human rights wing has warned the situation is “deteriorating rapidly.”
The world’s youngest nation is grappling with war, hunger and a worsening refugee crisis.
By: Nora Sturm
By Bram Frouws / RMMS
With the current focus on the European ‘refugee and migrant crisis’, other displacement crises around the world, unless somehow connected with population flows to Europe, tend to be forgotten. Displacement situations in the Horn of Africa and Yemen region in particular receive considerably less international media coverage and funding for humanitarian assistance, compared to, for example, the Syrian displacement crisis.
In May, flash points in the Greater Bahr El Ghazal and Greater Equatoria regions continued to generate humanitarian needs. In Western Bahr El Ghazal, tens of thousands of people remained displaced in and around Wau, and sporadic clashes were reported during the month. In Central Equatoria, fighting in early May in Lobonok Payam between cattle keepers and youth caused displacement, while fighting in Mangalla Payam reportedly displaced some 2,600 people north to Terekeka.
In Central African Republic, 10,454 South Sudanese refugees are registered at the household level (Level One) and individual (Level Two) registration is ongoing.
In Democratic Republic of Congo, 11,966 South Sudanese refugees have arrived since the end of 2015, among them 11,120 refugees biometrically registered and 846 registered at Level One.
In April, the humanitarian situation in South Sudan remained highly fluid. Measles continued to spread, with outbreaks recorded in 11 counties by the end of the month. There were continued reports of fighting, destruction and displacement in and around Wau in Western Bahr el Ghazal, with more than 10,000 people reportedly displaced in villages to the south and south-west of Wau following skirmishes in Farajalla, Gedi, Taban, Bazia and Baggari.