South Sudan UNHCR Operational Update 24/2016 15-31 December 2016

Report
from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 31 Dec 2016

HIGHLIGHTS

  • UNHCR provides assistance in Maban after inter-community conflict: in the aftermath of conflict which broke out between 25 and 28 December in Doro refugee camp between refugees and host community, UNHCR and its partners have now been able to undertake assessments in all four camps of Maban, home to over 137,000 refugees from Sudan’s Blue Nile State. Initial findings suggest over 8,000 local community members have been displaced locally. Approximately 10,000 refugees in Doro, one fifth of the camp, have relocated themselves to alternative nearby locations. Partners have already begun distribution of food and aid packages to IDPs, with assistance to displaced refugees and overall General Food Distribution for January scheduled to take place over the course of the next week. Provision of additional water supply, sanitation facilities and shelter are currently being assessed and scaled up.

  • Access hinders assistance to displaced refugees around Yei: UNHCR and its partner UMCOR continue to remotely monitor the situation of refugees living in five locations in the bushes of Lasu payam as a result of the outbreak violence in July and ongoing conflict that continues to prevent refugees from returning to the settlement. Lack of humanitarian services in the five locations remains a major concern among the refugee population in the Lasu area, as UNHCR has no access to the Lasu refugee settlement and its environs due to insecurity. UNHCR was able to relocate 61 Nuba refugees to Ajuong Thok refugee camp. These refugees were displaced into urban Yei as a result of the renewed violence in July.

  • UNHCR participates in an Inter-Agency Rapid Assessment in Kajo Keji: During the reporting period, UNHCR participated in the OCHA-led Inter- Agency Rapid Needs Assessment (IRNA) to Kajo Keji County. The team met with IDPs, Church leaders and county commissioners. The team also visited three IDP locations of Ajio, Kerwa and logo. Approximately 30,000 IDPs were reported in the county and the assessment’s findings have been shared with the respective clusters for review and humanitarian response.

  • UNHCR equips refugee students with computers and internet in Juba: UNHCR partner Humanitarian Development Consortium (HDC) established a space at HDC’s premises with six computers fully equipped with the internet for the 27 refugee students being supported by DAFI scholarships. These computers will facilitate their coursework and easy access to reading materials online and enhance their academic performance.