South Sudan UNHCR Operational Update 03/2017, 1-15 February 2017

Report
from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 15 Feb 2017

KEY FIGURES

INSIDE SOUTH SUDAN

260,868 Refugees in South Sudan

1.853 M IDPs in South Sudan, including 223,994 people in UNMISS Protection of Civilians site US

$172 million Funding requested for comprehensive needs in 2017

US $125 million Funding requested for priority needs in 2017

OUTSIDE SOUTH SUDAN

1,569,792** South Sudanese refugees in neighboring countries (as of 15 February, 2017):
 Uganda: 748,603
 Ethiopia: 342,414
 Sudan: 313,110
 Kenya: 92,540
 DRC: 68,188
 CAR: 4,932

US $649 million Funding requested by UNHCR for South Sudanese refugees in the region

US $166 million Funding received by UNHCR for South Sudanese refugees in the region

HIGHLIGHTS

UNHCR completes verification for displaced refugees: In Doro refugee camp, UNHCR and partners completed the verification exercise of all the 9,000 displaced refugee families. The verification identified main challenges faced by the families and Persons with Specific Needs that require keen follow-up such as shelter, health and water.

Relocation of refugees from Yida settlement to Pamir Camp continues: During the reporting period, UNHCR relocated 944 refugees to Pamir camp including new arrivals and refugees previously settled in Yida. Cumulatively, Pamir is hosting 8,342 refugees since opening in September 2016. Upon arrival, refugees received core relief items and residential plots.

Government Commission for Refugee Affairs registers new arrivals in Western Equatoria’s Ezo County: The Commission for Refugee Affairs (CRA) has registered 102 households consisting of 297 refugee new arrivals from the Democratic of Republic of Congo (DRC) fleeing from fresh attacks by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The refugees have reportedly fled from three locations: Mogoroko, Ngbamunga, and part of Kpanangbara. Refugees reported to the CRA that LRA rebels killed two DRC soldiers and their wives, and abducted many people and looted properties. The new arrivals are staying with refugees who had returned to the settlement in Ezo and with the host community. The CRA also noted a total population of refugees still residing in Ezo county of the 966 HHs (2809 individuals) before the most recent refugee arrivals. Since fighting broke out in Ezo county in 2015, UNHCR has had no access to the refugee camp in Ezo due to insecurity, with the camp officially closed in February 2016.

UNHCR partner Internews distributes radio handsets in Bentiu: In Bentiu, UNHCR CCCM cluster partner INTERNEWS in collaboration with Mercy Corps & CARE International distributed 414 radio handsets to women support groups and hygiene promoters. The solar radios will promote access to information to the community.  UNHCR conducts protection monitoring mission to Pochalla: During the reporting period, UNHCR conducted a protection monitoring mission to Pochalla in Jonglei state.
The mission monitored the protection situation and updated the refugee database with new-born babies who are in the urban center and those in Alari settlement. UNHCR registered ten new-born babies bringing the population to 2,720 refugees.

Government conducts first refugee status determination interviews. In Juba, South Sudan Government caseworkers conducted their first refugee status determination interviews for asylum-seekers seeking protection in South Sudan, an essential step towards the establishment of South Sudan’s asylum seekers system to adjudicate applications for refugee status

UNHCR trains 200 refugee and host community youths in business and life skill in Unity: In Ajuong Thok and Pamir refugee camps, UNHCR in collaboration with the host community identified 200 youths for business and life skills training. This intervention aims to assist the youths to become self-reliant.

NFIs Distributed to nearly 2,500 refugees in Western Equatoria: In Makpandu refugee settlement, UNHCR partner World Vision International (WVI) distributed nonfood items (NFI) to 2,412 refugees registered from 2008 up to 2013 present during the distribution. NFIs included kitchen sets, blankets, mosquito nets, sleeping mats, jerry cans, buckets and solar lanterns.