South Sudan Displacement Crisis: Akobo Port Monitoring - Akobo County, Jonglei State, South Sudan (October 2017)

CONTEXT

Akobo Town is located in the eastern side of Akobo County, Jonglei State, close to the land and river border crossings with Ethiopia. Akobo is a key point of trade and transit between South Sudan and Ethiopia.

Since the beginning of the crisis, this route has been used by South Sudanese citizens heading to or coming back from refugee camps in Ethiopia. In two locations, Tirgol Port and Market Port, REACH staff record arrivals and departures of South Sudanese on a daily basis, since May 2015. In order to provide an indication of wider trends, data is collected on the volume of movement, and the motivations and intentions of those traveling.

The following findings are based on primary data collected between 1 and 31 October 2017. REACH teams attempt to interview all arrivals and departures at the household (HH) level using a contextualized survey. During September, REACH interviewed 125 HHs who were arriving in and 139 HHs who were departing from Akobo Town. These HHs interviewed were selected amongst those arriving to or leaving from Akobo Town by boat.