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21 Mar 2018 description

Preserving the civilian and humanitarian character of sites and settlements is fundamental to the protection of civilians fleeing armed conflict. It is, however, increasingly put at risk today by the presence of, or proximity to, fighters and armed activities. Infringements to the civilian and humanitarian character result in major protection concerns for internally displaced people and refugees hosted in the sites and adversely impact humanitarian actors.

21 Mar 2018 description

76,294 Refugees and IDPs received nonfood items assistance from UNHCR across South Sudan in February 2018.

3,308 New arrivals registered in Unity in February 2018.

9,142 Refugees received meningitis vaccination in Ajuong Thok in February 2018

Working with Partners in 2018

■ UNHCR works closely with the Government of South Sudan to deliver assistance and protection services to refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).

20 Mar 2018 description

Kantande underscores refugee registration as the prerogative and the inalienable duty of the Government of Uganda

KAMPALA, Uganda (UNHCR)—UNHCR Representative in Uganda, Bornwell Kantande, has praised the collaboration between registration teams from the Office of the Prime Minister and UNHCR as the rollout of the countrywide verification of refugees takes effect.

20 Mar 2018 description


National CCCM Cluster

Camp-like settings: On the 13th March 2018 the National CCCM Cluster initiated discussions on Camp-like settings as previously agreed during the National CCCM Cluster meeting. It was agreed that initially the cluster will dene site typologies, identify suitable sites for assessment around Juba, create a pilot tool for initial assessments and conduct a joint assessment trip.


20 Mar 2018 description


The Wau collective sites were established in June 2016 following violent clashes in and around Wau town. Currently there are four Collective Centers, Cathedral, Nazareth, Lokoloko and St. Joseph. Since then the protection centres have been protecting thousands of people. A fifth collective site, ECS was established in February 2017 hosting IDPs mainly from Jur River following clashes in the area. In April 2017, all IDPs were evicted from ECS and the site closed, with some IDPs being moved to Masna, 7km south of Wau town.

20 Mar 2018 description


Wau POC area adjacent to UNMISS was established in June 2016, following Site location violence in and around Wau town, making it the most recently established POC in South Sudan. It is also the most congested POC in the country, with registered population of 39,165 IDPs sheltering on just 200,000 m2 of land.

20 Mar 2018 description


Bentiu protection of civilian (PoC) site was established in December 2013 with 112,829 people seeking protection in the site. Humanitarian partners and UNMISS are working together with the community to improve the living condition in the PoC area.

19 Mar 2018 description

Violence in Djugu Territory (Ituri Province), escalated and forced a large number of Congolese to flee to neighboring territories and the city of Bunia, while others crossed Lake Albert by boat to Uganda.

Two new UNHCR Field Offices, in Bondo and Monga, were opened to provide better protection and assistance to new arrivals from the Central African Republic in remote areas of Bas-Uele Province.

19 Mar 2018 description

Camp site extensions granted in East Darfur and White Nile.

WASH construction resumes in Dar Batti, West Kordofan after work stoppage by local authorities in Fall 2017.

Violence against refugees observed in Al Lait, North Darfur in following protection monitoring.

Key Developments

16 Mar 2018 description

Kyaka II settlement was established in 2005 to receive the remaining population of Kyaka I following the mass repatriation of Rwandan refugees the same year. After this movement, Kyaka I was closed after 21 years of operations. Renewed violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in mid-December 2017 led to a new refugee influx into Uganda, with an estimated 17,000 new refugee arrivals in Kyaka II.
This brought the settlement's population to roughly 44,988 as of early March 2018.

Gaps & Challenges

16 Mar 2018 description

Kyangwali refugee settlement was established in the 1960s to accommodate Rwandan refugees. After many Rwandans repatriated voluntarily in 1994, the settlement has hosted mostly Congolese refugees. Since the start of a new refugee influx from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in mid December 2017, Kyangwali's population has nearly doubled from 36,713 in December 2017 to 68,703 in March 2018, putting a heavy strain on existing services. Many new humanitarian partners have arrived in the settlement to respond to the emergency.

Gaps & Challenges

16 Mar 2018 description

Ethiopia Launched the 2018 South Sudan Refugee Response Plan, outlining the collective response of 24 participating organizations.

10,781 South Sudanese refugees have been registered in Ethiopia since the beginning of year.

51 children in Addis Ababa received protection support from the Refugee Outreach Volunteers (ROVs) in February. The ROVs help link UNHCR and partners with the refugees in the city.

16 Mar 2018 description

909,301 Registered Refugees and Asylum-seekers

246,254 Households

16 Mar 2018 description

Ethiopia is host to the second largest refugee population in Africa, sheltering over 909,301 registered refugees and asylum seekers as of 28 February 2018.

In the first two months of 2018, 15,097 refugees arrived in Ethiopia, including 7,202 in February. They include more than 10,700 from South Sudan and more than 3,700 from Eritrea.

15 Mar 2018 description
  • Total number of refugees*: 771,376

  • Pre-Dec 2013 refugees: 352,462

  • Total arrivals in 2018: 10,342

  • Total arrivals in Feb 2018: 4,572

  • Post-Dec 2013 refugees: 418,914

*Additional sources estimate a total of 1.3 million South Sudanese refugees in Sudan; however, data requires verification.

14 Mar 2018 description


During 2017, almost 38,900 refugees were submitted by UNHCR for resettlement1 to 25 countries in Europe,2 36% more than during 2016 and over three times greater than the average rate of 12,400 submissions per year during the last decade.
Between 2007 and 2016, Europe’s proportion of resettlement sub-missions globally has increased from approximately 9% to more than 18%, and in 2017 reached 52%. This is primarily due to a significant decrease globally in new submissions for resettlement, most notably to the United States of America.