UNHCR trains government counterparts on refugee laws in Juba: In Juba, UNHCR in collaboration with the South Sudan Commission for Refugee Affairs (CRA) organized a two-day workshop on “Human Rights and Refugee Protection” to 45 senior representatives including local governments, County Commissioners, law enforcement authorities such as police and immigration, national security services, judiciary, human rights commission, CRA and UNHCR. The goal of the workshop was to develop knowledge of participants on human rights, international and national refugee law, government policy on refugee protection, documentation issued to refugees and asylumseekers, trafficking in persons, principles of civilian character of asylum, detention and court practices in South Sudan with the involvement of refugees. It was the first of its kind workshop for senior law enforcement authorities of South Sudan to learn and discuss issues related to refugee protection management.
Nearly 14,000 relocated to Pamir camp: During the reporting period, UNHCR relocated 497 refugees including 130 to Ajuong Thok refugee camp and 367 to Pamir refugee camp. Relocated refugees included 123 previously settled in Yida and 374 new arrivals. Cumulatively, 9,154 refugees have relocated since the beginning of the year, including 1,335 previously settled in Yida. The Pamir refugee camp population now stands at 3,319 households and 13, 836 individuals since opening in September 2016.
Over 3,000 refugees received seeds and tools in Unity: In Ajuong Thok and Pamir refugee camps, 3003 refugees received seeds and tools. Seeds included staple crops (millet, sorghum, Simsim, cow pea, and maize) and vegetables (tomato, pumpkin, onion). Tools included hoes, maloda, sickles, axe, panga, slasher and rake.
Refugee children enroll for primary schools despite displacement from the refugee camp: In Yei, UNHCR supported 110 refugee children to enroll in eight primary schools in Yei as part of UNHCR’s plan to support 200 ex Lasu refugee children displaced into Yei town following the conflict in July 2016. Also, UNHCR supported 30 refugee students to enroll in five Secondary Schools. UNHCR plans to support 20 additional students to enroll in schools during the academic year including the provision of scholastic materials.
UNHCR facilitates stamping of birth notifications in Bor: In Bor’s Protection of Civilian (PoC), UNHCR facilitated the stamping of birth notification of newborn babies. Cumulatively, 121 delivery notifications have been shared with the State Ministry of Health. UNHCR will continue to support this initiative for the existing birth notification without stamps and new born babies in the POC.
100 refugees and host community members benefited from life skills training in Unity: In Ajuong Thok refugee camp, UNHCR partner IRC conducted training for 100 youths on business and life skill. The youths were selected from Ajuong Thok refugee camp and Jam-jang host community.