Resourcing remains a serious concern for the refugee operation. If new funding is not secured soon, the operation is likely to face critical pipeline breaks in August 2016.
WFP is providing food assistance to about 430,000 refugees through food transfers and, increasingly, cash-based transfers.
56% Of refugees in Uganda are under the age of eighteen
120,208 Refugees and asylum-seekers living in Adjumani Refugee Settlement, Uganda’s largest settlement
2% Of refugees in Uganda are elderly (over the age of 60)
25,873 Refugees and asylum-seekers have arrived in Uganda in the first two months of 2016
The trend of Burundian new arrivals seeking safety, protection and assistance in Uganda continued to decrease this week. In Nakivale, a total of 35 new Burundian new arrivals were received at the settlement compared to 54 as previously reported. Of these 15 (all male) arrived through Katuna, 16 (11 Male and 5 Female) arrived through Mirama Hills and 4 (3 male and 1 Female) were received through Mutukula border. Majority of the new arrivals (21) walked to the reception centre while 14 were transported by AIRD from the borders.
A total of 3,857 South Sudanese new arrivals have arrived in Uganda as of 12 May, lower than the 4,038 individuals received in the same period last month.
The new arrival trend increased in the last week of April following the return and swearing in of South Sudan vice president Riek Machar to the capital Juba and decreased in the first week of May, but largely remains the same compared to April. Majority of the 2016 new arrivals are children (72%) and women (19.5%).
The month of May is witnessing a declining number of Burundian new arrivals crossing into Uganda, similar to April’s trend. In the reporting period, a total of 54 Burundians were received at the reception centre, down from last week’s 75 individuals.
Entering through Katuna, Mirama Hills, and Mutukula border points, 34 walked into the reception centre, 20 were transported by AIRD from the borders and 10 were referred by OPM from Kampala.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
- Good prospects for 2016 first season crop production
- Maize prices seasonally increasing but at low levels
- High food vulnerability persists in Karamoja Region
Favourable prospects for 2016 first season crop production
Total number of South Sudanese refugees and asylum-seekers registered and active in Uganda as of 26 April 2016.
Pre-1st January 2016
From 1st January to the reporting period.
*note that figures are likely to fluctuate slightly in the coming weeks as the results of the verification exercise in Kiryandongo are reflected.
Settlement breakdown of SSD refugees and asylum seekers registered in 2016:
The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.
Improved crop performance and enhanced pasture conditions with steady rains
The number of Burundian individuals seeking refuge in Uganda has reduced but in a typical fluctuating trend as observed in the first quarter of the year. In Nakivale, less than a hundred Burundians (78) arrived in the reporting period compared to last week’s 163 new arrivals. Of the new arrivals, 37 arrived through Mirama Hills, five were from Mutukulu, seven from Gatuna border and 23 were referrals from Kyangwali Refugee Settlement. There were additional six walk-ins that were received at Kabazana Reception Centre.
WFP is providing food assistance to about 400,000 refugees through cash-based transfers (CBTs) and provision of food.
WFP has expanded CBTs among refugees to allow them to purchase food of their choice. As at the end of March, more than 50,000 refugees were receiving CBTs.
In Uganda, WFP recently started supporting a new initiative that helps refugees and local host communities to reduce post-harvest food losses. The objective is to build the refugees’ livelihoods and boost their self-reliance. The refugees are eager to taste the benefits.
RWAMWANJA REFUGEE SETTLEMENT, Western Uganda – About two dozen women and men are crowding into a rented makeshift structure built with mud and sticks. It is 3 p.m., and the afternoon session of the training in zero food loss is about to begin. But first, the group breaks into energetic song:
22,376 refugee children in Nakivale and Oruchinga settlements were reached through the UNICEF, District Local Government and Ministry of Health supported vaccination campaigns.
1,645 ECD going children have benefited from the construction of 12 ECD classroom blocks, with support from UNICEF in Nakivale, the Burundi hosting refugee settlement.
Total number of South Sudanese refugees and asylum-seekers registered and active in Uganda as of 12 April 2016.
Pre-December 2013 caseload
Post-December 2013 caseload.
South Sudanese refugees received in Uganda in 2016 alone (as of 31 March)
*note that figures are likely to fluctuate slightly in the coming weeks as the results of the verification exercise in Adjumani are reflected.
The rate of new arrivals has been relatively stable in recent weeks, averaging between 150-300 new arrivals per week. This week saw 167 Burundian refugees arrive in Nakivale, fleeing from Kironde, Makamba, Bubanza, Rumonge, Muyinga, Bujumbura and Kibitoke provinces reporting forced recruitment of the youth and arbitrary imprisonment.
This Indicator Report provides a monthly snapshot of the regional response to the South Sudan Situation. The indicators included report on the Post 15 December 2013 South Sudan caseload only. The report is prepared through collaboration with the reporting country and the Regional Support Hub, Nairobi.
The notes below provide further contextual information on various sector indicators:
KAMPALA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed four recent contributions totalling nearly US$30 million, enabling more refugees in Uganda to receive food assistance than ever before.
New support from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO), Japan and the United States of America, as well as the United Nations Emergency Response Fund (UN CERF) will allow WFP – working in close partnership with UNHCR – to continue assisting more than 400,000 refugees who depend on international support in Uganda.
This study by Gilligan and Roy examines the impacts of two transfer modalities linked to school enrolment on children’s cognitive and non-cognitive development in Karamoja, Uganda. The study finds that, while multiple-micronutrient-fortified food transfers had no significant impact, cash transfers led to a significant increase in cognitive measures of children by about nine percentage points relative to the control group.