South Sudan + 6 more

South Sudan UNHCR Operational Update 01/2017, 1-15 January 2017

Situation Report
Originally published



  • Maban IDP assessment undertaken after December Unrest: In Maban, UNHCR, and partners Humanitarian Development Consortium (HDC), WFP and South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (RRC) forged a multi-functional team and conducted a rapid need assessment to the areas hosting IDPs. On the riverbank site, the team identified 1,207 households consisting of 6,053 individuals displaced from two different communities from Doro and Tweji living in the open. The team visited the second IDP site Haj Stipta which is hosting 348 households consisting of 1,923 individuals. Main priority findings included food, NFIs, and shelters.

  • UNHCR extends relief support to vulnerable groups in Upper Nile: In Malakal’s Protection of Civilians site (PoC), UNHCR and its partners Humanitarian Development Consortium (HDC) and Danish Refugee Council (DRC) distributed hygiene kits including soaps and towels to 1,360 Persons with Specific Needs (PSNs). UNHCR and its partners HDC and Samaritan’s Purse also distributed NFIs to 2,464 IDPs, including blankets, plastic sheets, mosquito nest, kitchen sets and sleeping mats for the newly displaced population from Tweji.

  • UNHCR distributes Fuel-Efficient Stoves to refugees in Unity: In Ajuong Thok, UNHCR distributed 1,500 Fuel Efficient Stoves (FES) to refugee 730 households. These stoves will reduce the frequency of firewood collection thereby enabling refugees to do other domestic duties. This will also help control environmental degradation around the area.

  • UNHCR screens 475 children for malnutrition in Western Equatoria: In Makpandu refugee settlement, UNHCR undertook Mid Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) screening for 475 children from the age of 6 – 59 months, including both refugees and host community. Three refugee children were found with Acute Malnourishment, while nine host community children were found with moderate acute malnutrition, and no severe acute malnutrition was found among both the host community and refugee families. All children were admitted for outpatient services.

  • Movements to Pamir Camp in Unity Continue: During the reporting period, UNHCR relocated 321 refugees previously settled in Yida to Pamir. Cumulatively, Pamir is now home to 6,862 refugees since opening in September 2016.