South Sudan + 4 more

South Sudan Situation UNHCR Regional Update, 57 (13 - 17 April 2015)

Situation Report
Originally published



654,215 South Sudanese Refugees (total)

522,812 New arrivals (since 15 Dec. 2013)

131,403 Old caseload (before 15 Dec. 2013)

259,232 Refugees in South Sudan

1.5 M Internally Displaced People (IDPs)

  • On 14 April, the United Nations Deputy Special Representative for South Sudan, Mr. Moustapha Soumaré, visited Malakal (Upper Nile State) and met with local officials and community leaders of some 26,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) who are being sheltered by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). Recent fighting between the Dinka and Shilluk communities triggered an influx of over 4,000 new IDPs into the Protection of Civilians (POC) sites in Malakal two weeks ago. Mr. Soumaré toured the POC sites, as well as an extension site currently under construction to relieve overcrowding at the existing facilities for displaced people. During his visit, Mr. Soumaré was impressed by the progress made in building the new extension.

  • On 15 April, the Unity State’s Government has temporarily transferred its capital to Mankien (Mayom County) due to increased insecurity in Bentiu.
    Most of Government officials have already moved to Mankien, some 100 kilometres southwest of Bentiu, but few offices will remain in Bentiu to provide additional support.

  • As political turmoil continues, on 13 April, President Salva Kiir Mayardit issued a decree dismissing his Minister of Interior, Mr. Aleu Ayieny Aleu, as well as the caretaker governor of Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, Mr. Kuel Aguer Kuel.
    The deputy governor, Mr. Salva Chol Ayat, replaced Mr. Kuel while the position of Minister of Interior remains unoccupied. The decree did not give reasons for these changes.