South Sudan + 6 more

South Sudan Situation: UNHCR Regional Update (1 - 31 March 2018)


  • 2,470,263*: Total South Sudanese refugees in the region as of 31 March (pre- and post-Dec 2013 caseload)

  • 15,787*: South Sudanese refugee arrivals in March, based on field reports as of 31 March

  • 292,314: Refugees in South Sudan and 1.85 million IDPs including 202,776 in UNMISS Protection of Civilians sites


of the South Sudanese refugee population are children (under the age of 18 years old)
4.61 million
Total population of concern (South Sudanese refugees, South Sudanese IDPs and refugees inside South Sudan)
2018 Regional RRP Planning figure for the total South Sudanese refugees projected in the region by 31 December 2018.

USD 841.5 M
requested for the South Sudan situation
Funded: 7%
61.6 M
Gap: 93%
779.8 M

* The population and arrival figures are based on best available information at the time of production. UNHCR continues to verify the numbers in all countries and future updates may vary as new information becomes available.
** As of 28 February 2018. The population total in Uganda refers to those biometrically registered in Refugee Information Management System (Government - OPM) and those yet to be registered at Reception Centers/Transit Centers/Collection Points).

Regional Highlights

  • The Security Council extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) until 15 March 2019, demanding that parties end the fighting and signaling its intention to consider all measures, including an arms embargo, against those obstructing peace in the war-torn nation (Resolution 2406). UNMISS would work to protect civilians, create conditions conducive to aid delivery and both monitor and investigate human rights abuses.
  • The Council of Ministers of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) during its 61st Extra-Ordinary Session on the South Sudan held on 26 March 2018, decided that Dr Riak Machar’s house arrest be lifted as soon as possible, on conditions that ensure he will renounce violence and not obstruct the peace process and he be allowed to relocate to any country outside the region.
  • The UN Refugee Agency and the UN World Food Programme (WFP), jointly appealed for US$80 million to provide food assistance to refugees in Ethiopia. In 2017 food ration cuts of 20 per cent have occurred. If contributions are not received, over 650,000 refugees will experience further reduced rations as of May 2018 which can be expected to further increase already high Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) and Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) rates.