South Sudan situation: Regional update 1 – 15 July 2017
1,969,344 Total South Sudanese refugees in the region as of 15 July (pre and post Dec 2013 caseload)
536,034 South Sudanese refugee arrivals in 2017, based on field reports as of 15 July
274,920 Refugees in South Sudan and 2 million IDPs as of 30 June
63% of the South Sudanese refugee population are children (under the age of 18 years old)
4.2 million Total population of concern (South Sudanese refugees, South Sudanese IDPs and refugees inside South Sudan)
2,130,500 South Sudanese refugees are expected to be hosted in the region by 31 December 2017 (Revised 2017 RRP Planning figures)
Over 15,000 South Sudanese refugees fled South Sudan into neighbouring countries in the first half of July. Uganda and Sudan continue to receive the majority of the new arrivals.
In South Sudan, fighting escalated near Pagak, Upper Nile, causing new displacements towards the Ethiopian border. Aid agencies reported that thousands of civilians had been cut off from assistance as a result of the insecurity and relocation of humanitarian staff.
In Uganda, preparations are ongoing for the opening of Rhino Camp Extension in Arua, in response to the continued influx of refugees into northern Uganda. The site due to begin receiving new refugees in early August.
In Sudan, in response to the Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD) outbreak in East Darfur, local authorities in East Darfur have called for the relocation of South Sudanese refugees from Ed Daein to Kario refugee camp, and are restricting some refugee movements outside of camps.
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Congolese authorities have allowed the relocation of the South Sudanese refugees away from the border to the former Kaka Refugee site. Relocations will commence once the security situation allows.
In Central African Republic, the arrival of new internally displaced persons into Obo, where the South Sudanese refugees are currently located, is likely to put pressure on the town’s already limited resources. UNHCR is monitoring the situation closely.
In Ethiopia, a total of 2,688 South Sudanese refugees have been relocated from Gambella to Gure Shombola Camp in the Beninshangul-Gumuz region since 1 May. Nguenyyiel Refugee Camp in Gambella, opened in October 2016, has almost reached its capacity of 60,000 persons.
In Kenya, over 900 new South Sudanese refugees arrived at the border in the first two weeks of July. This is down from a peak in May, when over 4,000 refugees arrived during the month.