REPORTING PERIOD HIGHLIGHTS
In Ethiopia, the security situation in the Gambella region improved and normal activities in Tierkidi and Kule camps have resumed. Staff members belonging to either the Anuak or Nuer ethnic groups, however, are currently not travelling to or working in the camps. Interventions are ongoing in Pugnido 1 and Pugnido 2 camps, and security escorts are accompanying essential movements between Gambella and Pugnido. A group of UNHCR and partner staff of Nuer ethnicity were safely relocated to Gambella from the ARRA compound in Pugnido. The number of new arrivals reduced from 556 in the period of 16-31 January 2016 to 18 in the period of 1-14 February 2016.
In Kenya, as of 15 February 2016, Kakuma has received and registered 49,650 asylum seekers from South Sudan. This brings the total registered camp population to 186,205 with South Sudanese making up 50% (94,492) of the population. The number of new arrivals reduced from 664 in the period of 16-31 January 2016 to 445 in the period of 1-14 February 2016.
In Sudan, individual bio-metric registration has been completed in all seven sites in the White Nile State. A total of 64,643 arrivals (16,484 households) were registered resulting in a 36 per cent decrease (31,797 individuals) in the household registration figures. A new area in Al Waral in El Salaam Locality has been demarcated to host 10,000 individuals (over 2,000 households). The number of new arrivals in Sudan significantly reduced from 4,720 in the period of 16-31 January 2016 to 455 in the period of 1-14 February 2016.
In Uganda, the rate of new arrivals from South Sudan continues to be high. The average daily new arrival rate is 315 individuals per day, in 1-16 February and represents a three-fold increase compared to the same period last year. Eighty-five per cent of new arrivals are women and children under the age of eighteen presenting challenges in the service delivery of education, child protection and the prevention and treatment of sexual and gender-based violence.
In Yida, South Sudan 609 new arrivals were registered from Kordofan and 60 were registered in Ajuong Thok. Eighty percent are women and 10 percent are children reporting hunger as the main reason for fleeing to South Sudan. In the first two weeks of February, 428 refugees were relocated from Yida to Ajuong Thok, bringing the total number since the beginning of the year to 1,276. 502 Sudanese refugees were relocated from Yei town to Lasu refugee camp. An assessment in Unity State’s Thonyor found IDPs in great need of assistance especially of shelter, food and non-food items.