South Sudan

South Sudan Displacement Crisis: Nyal Port Monitoring - Panyijiar County, Unity State, South Sudan (February 2021)

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Context and Methodology

Nyal town is located in Northern Panyijiar County, Unity State, along the banks of the Sudd, one of the largest swamps in the world. Nyal is a key location for people travelling to and from Central and Southern Unity and nearby islands. Since the start of the crisis, internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Unity and Jonglei States have often sought temporary security in Nyal, perceiving Nyal as a safe location with ample resources. Since 1 November 2016, REACH has monitored the ports of Gap, Nyal and Katieth in Nyal town on a daily basis to determine the demographics, key push and pull factors, transportation routes and vulnerabilities of the newly arrived and departing population, and provide evidence for more effective humanitarian planning.

To ensure wide coverage of Nyal’s three ports, the REACH team attempts to interview all arrivals and departures at the HH level between 7:30 am and 6:30 pm (weekdays). This factsheet is based on data on 853 departures (191 HHs), 514 arrivals (182 HHs), and 53 transits (10 HHs), collected over 20 days from 1 - 28 February 2021. Data presented here is not representative, rather indicative of movement trends for the assessed population.