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South Sudan situation: Regional Emergency update 1 – 15 September 2016



  • The number of people who have been forced to flee from South Sudan to countries in the region has now reached more than 1 million. South Sudan joins Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia as countries that have produced more than 1 million refugees.

  • In Uganda, the influx of South Sudanese refugees continues, with some 47,998 individuals arriving in the first half of September. The rate of new arrivals to Uganda is increasing compared to July and August.

  • In Ethiopia, some 11,420 South Sudanese refugees have arrived in Gambella since 3 September 2016, more than the previous total arrivals in 2016.

  • In the Democratic Republic of Congo, UNHCR has received reports of over 10,000 new South Sudanese arrivals in Aru Territory in Ituri Province



PROTECTION: UNHCR has only one registration team for the two Provinces, hampering registration of new arrivals.

SHELTER: An assessment mission to Aru Territory (Ituri) and Faradje Territory (Haut-Uele) at the end of August found that only 20 % of refugees have adequate shelter. The construction of emergency shelters in Gangala and Masombo (Haut-Uele) could not begin as planned in early September, due to the deteriorating security situation.

HEALTH: Lack of essential drugs, including anti-malarial and antibiotics.


PROTECTION: Additional support staff to conduct registration of new arrivals is required. Pagak Transit Centre (TC) needs to be urgently decongested. Public lighting is required to ensure the safety of new arrivals.

SHELTER: There is a major gap in the availability of shelters to accommodate the current and potential new arrivals and the operation is reprioritising the programme to address the critical needs and life-saving activities while requesting additional funds.

WASH: An additional 118 latrines are needed in Pagak TC.


HEALTH: There are no public health services currently operating in Lasu settlement, Central Equatoria, after armed groups looted the primary health care centre, stealing drugs, medical supplies and furniture, and attacking refugees.


PROTECTION: More resources are needed to assist with registration of new arrivals in light of the increased influx. Kuluba Collection point is in urgent need of expansion. Acceleration establishing community leadership structures to strengthen community protection mechanisms. Safety and security of shelters needs to be reinforced to ensure better protection of the population, particularly women and children.

EDUCATION: More primary schools and Early Child Development Centres are needed In Bidibidi.

HEALTH: Addition health staff, structures and supplies in Bidibidi to increase the scope and quality of services.

FOOD: There is a need to establish food distribution centres and a food basket/post distribution monitoring system in Bidibidi, as well as increased capacity to develop a comprehensive nutrition programme.

WASH: There is a need to increase the supply of clean water to Bidibidi settlement, as it currently averages just 5.6 litres per person per day. There is poor sanitation coverage in the new Ofua village in Rhino Camp, Arua.

NFIs: The large number of new arrivals is depleting stocks of core relief items in Bidibidi.