HIGHLIGHTS 16-28 February 2019
Refugee pupils get top-10 score for South Sudan Primary School Certificate examination in Unity: The Ministry of Education announced the results of the 2018 certificate of primary examinations in Ruweng State, revealing that the top ten students are from refugee camp schools. Out of 965 (284 girls, 681 boys) candidates who were registered for the national exams, 98% comprising of 942 (273 girls, 669 boys) sat for exams with 84% (total of 790, 211 girls, 577 boys) candidates passed their exams. The top ten students, all males, were awarded with bicycles and scholastic materials.
UNHCR conducts awareness on female genital mutilation in Unity: In Pamir refugee camp and Yida refugee settlement, UNHCR and IRC continued to conduct awareness sessions on female genital mutilation (FGM). Cumulatively, 710 women and girls including some men and boys attended these sessions. The participants were made aware that FGM is a very harmful practice that violates human rights and is punishable by law.
UNHCR trains over 100 health workers in Upper Nile: In Gendrassa and Kaya refugee camps, UNHCR and partner, International Medical Corps (IMC), conducted a four-day training for 102 (55 women, 47 men) community health promoters (CHPs) and village health and nutrition committees (VHNC) on the recently developed behaviour change communication and information education communication materials (BCC/IEC) for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB), family planning, diarrhoea and malaria. The training is expected to strengthen their skills in the dissemination of different disease prevention messages to improve health-seeking behaviours of refugees in their respective camps.
UNHCR transplants over 5,000 tree seedlings in Unity: During the reporting period, UNHCR and its partner, Danish Refugee Council (DRC), transplanted 5,299 tree seedlings (2,849 - Ajuong Thok and 2,450 – Pamir refugee camps). The seedlings are different varieties of acacia, kei apple, guava, and moringa. The trees will be planted in woodlots as part of environmental protection efforts.
Newly formed village loan associations to benefit over 100 refugees in Upper Nile: In Doro refugee camp, UNHCR and partners formed seven new village saving loans associations (VSLA). Each VSLA comprises of 20 members for a total memberships of 140 (98 women, 42 men) refugees. Support continued for the 13 VSLA groups that were formed in 2018.
UNHCR registers 60 families willing to relocate from Bor to their place of origin: In Bor, UNHCR registered 60 families (128 individuals) who expressed willingness to voluntarily relocate from Bor UNMISS Protection of Civilian site to their place of origin (Uror, Nyirol, Akobo, Fangak, Nasser, Leer, Goch, Tori, Chukudum, Panyijaar, and Ayod). Through UNHCR, IDPs requested the local Solutions Working Group (SWG) for transport, food and non-food item assistance at their final destination. The SWG is engaging all stakeholders on how best to support the voluntary relocation. Cumulatively, 110 families (241 individuals) have requested for relocation since the beginning of 2019.
UNHCR registers over 200 refugee new-borns in Upper Nile: In Kaya refugee camp, UNHCR continued the registration of new-born babies. Cumulatively, 233 newly born babies were registered and issued proof of registration documents.