Uganda has welcomed more than 800,000 refugees from South Sudan. Upon arrival they are allocated a small plot of land. Here, they can build a future for themselves. The Danish Refugee Council assists the people who have sought refuge in Uganda
Rome, 24 May 2017 – At a time when nearly one million South Sudanese have crossed into northern Uganda, creating one of the world’s largest refugee settlements, Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), arrives in Kampala 25 May to discuss efforts to support small scale farmers and increase food security in the country. According to a recent analysis, some 4.9 million South Sudanese are food insecure and 100,000 are at risk of famine.
Country has seen nearly a million incomers from South Sudan alone
Dazed and exhausted, Joyce Mori sits on the floor cradling her sleeping daughter as they wait to have their fingerprints taken. One of 1,600 refugees who have arrived at the Imvepi reception centre in the West Nile region of northern Uganda, she has finally made it out of South Sudan’s war but, like many others, is thinking about loved ones left behind.
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Regional Strategic Objectives Financial Requirements
Uphold the quality of asylum for South Sudanese refugees in the region by meeting their lifesaving needs according to applicable minimum standards.
Anchor the response within national and regional multi-year protection frameworks, policies, laws, and standards which address legal and physical protection needs of South Sudanese refugees.
"They just slaughter you, whether you're a man, woman, or child," says Maria. "I lost all my brothers and my relatives. Life here is very difficult."
Vanessa Cramond is a nurse from Auckland, New Zealand, who recently spent two months as emergency medical coordinator for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Uganda, where MSF is responding to an unprecedented influx of refugees from South Sudan. Here, she describes the situation.
A total of 12,221 South Sudanese refugees arrived to Uganda on 8-14 May, making a daily cross-border average of 1,746 refugees.
This week registered more than 50 per cent increase in the number of new arrivals crossing through the districts of Moyo, Adjumani and Lamwo, as compared to the previous week.
568.7 M required for 2017 including special situations
102.9 M contributions received, representing 18% of requirements
465.9 M overall funding
All figures displayed are in USD
REFUGEES IN NEED (by end 2017)
EXPECTED new INFLUX in 2017
REQUIREMENTS (IN U$D)
960.17 MILLION TOTAL
SOUTH SUDAN RRP
SOUTH SUDAN – UGANDA REFUGEE RESPONSE PLAN
LAMWO, Uganda – Annet Night could not see but could hear the roar of gunfire and loud screams filling the air. The 42-year-old was expecting her fourth child when conflict broke out in her village, Pajok, in Eastern Equatoria state, South Sudan.
Ms. Night is visually impaired. Away from her husband, who was working in Juba, she felt frightened and vulnerable.
“There was shooting everywhere. I was very scared and heard that many people were being shot. I was only thinking about my unborn child,” she says.
Pregnant and on a perilous journey
Editor's note: This article was originally published February 3, 2017; it was updated May 15, 2017 to reflect the latest information.
Every day, a staggering number of South Sudanese refugees arrive at Uganda’s northern border in search of safety. Over the past months, their numbers have dramatically increased, with an average of 2,100 daily arrivals. Uganda now hosts almost **900,000 refugees** from South Sudan.
Period January to December 2017
Current Population 1,769,241 (at 31 March 2017)
Population Planning Figures 2,130,500 Target Beneficiaries2,130,500
Financial Requirements US$ 1,382,909,571
Number of Partners 58
REGIONAL STRATEGIC OVERVIEW
Latest Developments in South Sudan
GENEVA – The UN Refugee Agency and the World Food Programme today urged donors to step up support for desperate refugees fleeing South Sudan. Humanitarian agencies are seeking US$ 1.4 billion to provide life-saving aid to South Sudanese refugees in the six neighbouring countries until the end of 2017 – according to an updated response plan presented in Geneva on Monday.
The South Sudanese refugee response plan so far remains only 14 per cent funded.
Hillary Onek the Minister for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees, has decried government’s delay to establish a contingency fund to handle disasters in Uganda.
Onek says on several occasions they have tried to push for the establishment of the fund but to no avail. “We need to have money in the budget for disasters. This is something that needs to be given consideration” Onek says.