South Sudan: CCCM Cluster Bi-weekly Situation Report (28 November - 10 December 2016)
Bentiu PoC Site
- Camp management conducted the second November population count for the protection of civilians (PoC) site from 28-30 November, with results indicating an 11 per cent increase in the population from 108,392 to 120,333, the highest since January 2016. New arrivals have predominantly been arriving from Leer, Mayendit and Koch counties where fighting and persistent tensions have forced people to flee their homes.
- As the number of new arrivals continues to increase, congestion and lack of shelter pose a key challenge. Most new arrivals are hosted by relatives in existing shelters; however, increasingly people are starting to enter with no pre-existing social networks in the PoC site and are forced to seek shelter in communal facilities and churches.
Wau PoC Site and Collective Centers
- The number of new arrivals to the PoC site adjacent to the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) base more than halved from 261 to 117 this reporting period, whilst exits remained steady at 60. The vast majority of arrivals cited insecurity as the main reason for arriving, with all intending to stay for six months or more.
- Camp management met with the Women’s Committee and the Nepalese Battalion to organize armed foot patrols to protect women collecting firewood outside the PoC site, and reduce the risk of sexual and gender-based violence (GBV). Approximately 70-80 women now join each patrol three times a week, enabling them to safely collect firewood.
- In an effort to relieve congestion in the collective centres, camp management worked closely with community leaders to identify empty shelters in the Cathedral and Nazareth sites, which will be handed over to vulnerable families without shelters. Whilst the number of new arrivals to the Nazareth site has steadily reduced, the Cathedral site continues to see large net inflows of people seeking security from local criminality with 206 entries.
Melut PoC Site
- Health remains a key issue in Melut with enumerators noting that many new arrivals into Khoradar appear malnourished. Many families cite access to healthcare as the main reason for entering IDP sites. With Médecins Sans Frontières due to exit Melut shortly, CCCM is coordinating with the Health Cluster to identify a replacement health agency as soon as possible.
Bor PoC Site
- Camp management coordinated with the Women’s Committee, the Bor PoC site Chairlady and humanitarian partners to organize celebrations for the “16 Days of Activism”, an annual campaign against GBV launched on 1 December. Celebrations involved traditional dances, performances by children, talks and focus group discussions.
Malakal PoC Site
- There has been a significant increase in the number of people exiting the PoC site, with 1,713 people leaving over the reporting period, compared to 78 in the period before. Approximately 60 per cent of people are heading towards Wau Shilluk and 35 per cent towards Sudan, particularly White Nile State and Khartoum. The main reason cited for leaving is to rejoin family (64 per cent), as well as insecurity, access to education, managing farmland and lack of food.
- Camp management coordinated with UNMISS Relief, Reintegration and Protection, Civil Affairs, UN Police and community leaders to successfully hold 29 block level elections to form the Peace and Security Council (PSC) selection committee. This is a temporary committee that will oversee the selection of the new PSC membership, which is the PoC site governance structure. Elections for the PSC members will continue next week.