Summary of major updates to the emergency appeal:
UNHCR and partners have opened a new settlement area in Arua district, northern Uganda that is set to become host to thousands of arriving refugees from South Sudan. The new Imvepi settlement was opened after Palorinya settlement in Moyo district, which was opened in December 2016, rapidly reached its 135,000 refugee-hosting capacity.
With thousands of new arrivals fleeing to Uganda every day, South Sudan is now Africa’s largest refugee crisis and the world’s third after Syria and Afghanistan – with less attention and chronic levels of underfunding.
The rate of new arrivals in to Uganda remains very high, with a total of 9,568 South Sudanese refugees received in Uganda between the 15th and 21st of February, although this is a decrease from the 13,092 new arrivals reported in the previous week. This brings the total new arrivals in February to 56,087.
The average daily rate of new arrivals this week was 1,367.
At a rally organised for a team led by Burundi Minister for Home Affairs Pascal Barandagiye, the refugees in Nakivale settlement demanded justice, an African Union force to protect those opposed to the government, and the resignation of President Pierre Nkurunziza before they could return home.
Burundian officials who had travelled to Uganda to persuade their nationals to return home left empty-handed after they were met with a hostile reception.
Average retail prices for maize and sorghum reduced by 6% and 20% respectively in January 2017 compared to December 2016 due to the December harvest. However, prices for the two commodities were higher during the month compared to January 2016 and the long-term average (2013-2016).
Average retail price for beans was higher during the month more especially compared to the long-term average (2013-2016) by 25%.
WFP is appealing to donors to fill a critical funding gap of USD 52.1 million over the next six months of its refugee operation.
The WFP is assisting 945,000 refugees in Uganda in 11 settlements and four transit centres in the northwest and southwest regions.
The rate of new arrivals in to Uganda remains very high, with a total of 13,092 South Sudanese refugees received in Uganda between the 1 st and 7th of February, although this is a decrease from the 33,427 new arrivals reported in the previous week. The average daily rate of new arrivals was 1,870.
• Uganda is host to over 900,393 refugees and asylum seekers originating mainly from South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi.
• Women and children fleeing conflict from South Sudan, DRC and Burundi are in desperate need of critical health services, clean water, education, and support to help them deal with the extreme stress they have experienced.
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The refugee office in Uganda says it has been receiving an influx of up to 4,000 South Sudanese refugees every day for the past one week. Apollo Kazungu, the commissioner for refugees in the office of the Prime Minister in Uganda, says the new arrivals are mainly women and children coming from Kajo-Keji.
Training young leaders in conflict resolution and peace building, business skills and project management, and future-oriented approaches of the Sustainable Development Goals has become essential. From 6 to 10 February 2017, young leaders from South Sudan and Northern Uganda were invited by the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI) to be trained on these topics in a workshop in Kiryandongo, Uganda.
500.7 M required for 2017 including special situations
32.6 M contributions received, representing 7% of requirements
468.0 M overall funding gap for Uganda
All figures are displayed in USD