Uganda: Emergency Update on the South Sudan Refugee Situation - Inter-Agency Weekly | 1st – 14th March 2017

Report
from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 14 Mar 2017

KEY FIGURES

Daily arrival figures from July 2016 are based on manual emergency registration or head-counts/wrist-banding. Confirmed figures will be available as the new arrivals undergo biometric registration.
Figures prior to July are from the Government’s Refugee Information Management System (RIMS).

41,378 Number of new arrivals between 1st and 14th March 2017

2,956 Daily average of new arrivals between 1st and 14th March 2017

805,704 Total number of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda

PRIORITIES

  • Ensure basic services for new arrivals as well support to persons with specific needs  Accelerate biometric registration - Identify new sites for refugee settlement - Community outreach and protection monitoring in the settlements - Expedite rehabilitation and construction of school structures to ensure access to education - Ensure a sustainable and predictable supply of water - Engage refugees/refugee leaders and host community members in coexistence and peace-building activities - Promote and engage partners in livelihood interventions. Strengthen engagement of all partners, local authorities and members of the host community regarding interventions in Bidibidi.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The rate of new arrivals in to Uganda has increased, with a total of 41,378 South Sudanese refugees received in Uganda in the two weeks between thest and 14th of March, compared to 18,854 in the previous two weeks. An average of 2,956 refugees crossed the border from South Sudan into Uganda each day, with 5,116 recorded in a single day on 9th March.
  • Refugees arriving in Uganda, the majority of whom are women and children, continue to report general insecurity, limited access to food and basic services, violence, rape and abuse of women and girls, arbitrary detention and indiscriminate killing and destruction of property by armed forces as reasons for fleeing their homes in South Sudan.
  • New arrivals continue to be relocated to Imvepi settlement in Arua district, which is now home to 19,721 South Sudanese refugees.
  • In Lamwo district, the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) obtained a written agreement from the landowners of Ogili Sub-County in Palabek for the use of their land for refugee settlement. The land has capacity to host approximately 30,000 persons, and talks are ongoing with landowners in neighbouring subcounties to expand the site in order to increase capacity. Site planning and assessment of the proposed site are ongoing.
  • Pending full scale readiness of a new settlement in Lamwo district, Palorinya Reception Centre continues to receive refugees from Elegu, Afogi and Lefori border points, mostly persons with special needs and refugees seeking reunification with their family members in Palorinya settlement.
  • International Women’s Day was celebrated across the settlements on the 8 th of March. Under the theme of ‘Be Bold for Change: Women in the Changing World of Work’ refugee women and girls led celebratory activities including radio talk shows, music, dance, drama and cultural performances and speeches by refugees, local government and humanitarian actors.