- 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.
· 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.
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).
REPORTING PERIOD HIGHLIGHTS
266,916 total refugees residing in South Sudan
713,010 refugees originating from South Sudan post 15 Dec 2013
123,348 refugees originating from South Sudan pre 15 Dec 2013
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
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.
Thousands of people have crossed from Eastern Equatoria into neighbouring Uganda in search of food.
The Relief and Rehabilitation Commission says up to five thousand people have made the journey in the past two weeks.
John Odongi Simon, acting director for the Relief and Rehabilitation commission in Torit says citizens are also looking for schools for their children.
“It is quite clear that the movement of these people is not because of insecurity, but because of food and access education,” he said.
GENEVA, April 19 (UNHCR) – A combination of new fighting in previously peaceful areas, food insecurity and severe humanitarian funding shortages continue to cause a sharp worsening of the situation in South Sudan for many civilians.
Recent fighting between government and opposition forces in Western Bahr al Ghazal state has displaced more than 96,000 people to Wau, a small town in the north-west of South Sudan, the world's youngest country.
270,767 total refugees residing in South Sudan
706,594 refugees originating from South Sudan post 15 Dec 2013
123,663 refugees originating from South Sudan pre 15 Dec 2013
Food consumption gaps widen as lean season progresses
Moving into the typical lean season period, broad areas of northern Greater Upper Nile will be in Emergency (IPC Phase 4), with households facing an increased risk for high levels of malnutrition and excess mortality. Some households in central Unity State are expected to be facing an extreme lack of food and are in Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5).
Despite commitments by both parties in South Sudan to adhere to the peace agreement, fighting and violence continues to affect humanitarian access and result in displacement of people within the country and across borders into neighbouring countries.
WFP requires USD 135 million for the next six months to meet the needs of all refugees in Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda.
MSF OPERATIONS IN RESPONSE TO THE MEDICAL NEEDS IN SOUTH SUDAN
REPORTING PERIOD HIGHLIGHTS
In Ethiopia, normal activities have resumed. Movements of some national staff of certain ethnic groups have been reduced because of security concerns but plans are underway to allow national staff to return to their duties in the camps.
An estimated 6.1 million people are in need of protection and humanitarian assistance across South Sudan.1 Since the beginning of the crisis in December 2013, CERF has supported the humanitarian operation in South Sudan with $US 88,117,674 and provided critical funding to address the needs of more than 663,000 South Sudanese refugees who fled into neighbouring countries and host communities in Uganda ($22.3 million), Sudan ($22.3 million), Ethiopia ($32 million) and Kenya ($17.6 million).