South Sudan UNHCR Operational Update (16-30 November 2018)
UNHCR Commemorates 16 Days of Activism Against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence: In all refugee camps and internally displaced persons (IDPs) sites across South Sudan, UNHCR and its partners commemorated the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Sexual Gender-Based Violence with a series of activities including processions, dissemination of key messages on ending child marriage, drama performances, sports and songs that call to take action on Elimination of Violence against Women and highlight the importance of education for both girls and boys. This year’s global theme was: “End Gender-Based Violence in the World of Work” while the South Sudan national theme: was: “Make Peace Count: End Violence against Women and Girls.” The 16 Days of Activism campaign runs from 25th November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and ends on 10th December with the observance of the Human Rights Day.
UNHCR registers over 500 new arrivals and relocates over 600 in Unity: During the reporting period, UNHCR registered 520 newly arrived refugees (252 men, 268 women) from South Kordofan which indicates a decrease of 50% compared to the same period in 2017. Also, UNHCR relocated 657 refugees to Jamjang’s two refugee camps (105 - Ajuong Thok camp, 552 - Pamir camp) including 537 new arrivals and 120 refugees previously settled in Yida. In the same period in 2017, 1,420 refugees were relocated including 72 refugees from Yida settlement.
UNHCR supports SGBV victims in Unity: In Jamjang’s two refugee camps, UNHCR supported 31 Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) cases reportedly, which is an increase compared to the same period in 2017. Out of a target of 400 cases, 454 have been supported since January (Pamir- 158, Yida- 96, and Ajuong Thok- 210). Increase in the population and enhanced awareness on reporting SGBV cases and the response services available are contributing factors to the increased percentage of reported cases.
Over 34,000 refugee children vaccinated against polio in Upper Nile: Across four refugee camps in Maban, UNHCR and partners International Medical Corps (IMC) and Relief International (RI) conducted the 3rd round of polio campaign and 34,688 children from 0-59 months were immunised against polio. Also, 29,355 children aged 6-59 months received Vitamin A and 23,875 children aged 12-59 months received Albendazole for deworming.
Protection Cluster led by UNHCR finalises the 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan for South Sudan: Protection Cluster led by UNHCR and co-led by Norwegian Refugee Council finalised 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan and endorsed by the Humanitarian Coordinator. The Protection Cluster had the highest volume of project proposals of any cluster globally with 186 submissions. The Protection Cluster Peer Review Committee recommended the disbursement of the 100 million USD protection envelope to 67 partners for the cluster and its sub-clusters for Gender-Based Violence (GBV), child protection and mine action. Out of the 67 partners, four are UN agencies, 25 are international NGOs, and 38 are national NGOs, which represents the continued commitment of the cluster to strengthen local responders. The Protection Cluster is committed to coordination, resource mobilisation and advocacy to assist its partners in reaching the 3.3 million South Sudanese targeted for protection interventions in 2019.