Total South Sudanese refugees in the region as of 15 June (pre and post Dec 2013 caseload)
South Sudanese refugee arrivals in 2017, based on field reports as of 15 June
Refugees in South Sudan and 2 million IDPs as of 31 May 2017
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr. Filippo Grandi, appointed Mr. Arnauld Akodjenou as Regional Refugee Coordinator (RRC) /Special Advisor for the South Sudan situation, with effect from 12 June. As Regional Refugee Coordinator / Special Advisor, Mr. Akodjenou will work with relevant national and regional political, humanitarian and development actors in South Sudan, Central African Republic (CAR), Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda in pursuit of protection and solutions for South Sudanese refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs). Mr. Akodjenou will be based in the UNHCR Regional Service Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.
Countries of asylum receiving South Sudanese refugees have witnessed a decrease in the number of new arrivals in the first half of June, likely attributable to the beginning of the rainy season in South Sudan. Over 18,000 new South Sudanese refugees fled South Sudan between 1 and 15 June, compared to 48,035 in the second half of May.
Significant underfunding continues to hamper the humanitarian response in all seven countries affected by the South Sudan situation. As of 13 June, UNHCR has received just 20 per cent of the USD 883.5 million requested for the response. There are major gaps in the provision of shelter; in Ethiopia, some 52 per cent of households registered in Gambella camps need transitional shelter assistance and in DRC, close to 4,000 additional shelters are required. Countries also report major gaps in the provision of education; in Sudan, nearly 60 per cent of school-aged South Sudanese refugee children are out of school.
In Uganda, recent flooding has affected the provision of accommodation for refugees in a number of settlements, including Palorinya and Palabek. Efforts are underway to repair damage caused by the flooding.
In Sudan, local authorities have approved the extension of five refugee camps in White Nile, including Al Waral, Um Sangour, Jouri, Al Redis II and Kashafa camps. The additional land will help to decongest Al Waral and Um Sangour camps through extra space to accommodate 10,000 households (approximately 55,000 people). The Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD) outbreak among refugees in Sudan remains contained.