South Sudan UNHCR Operational Update (16 - 31 October 2018)

Report
from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 31 Oct 2018

13,400+ Refugees received relief packages across South Sudan during the reporting period.

3,500+ Refugees reached with Ebola virus prevention awareness in Western Equatoria during the reporting period.

850+ Refugees and IDPs received capacity building across South Sudan during the reporting period.

REFUGEE RESPONSE

Achievements and Impact

Unity

■ As of 31 October 2018, Ajuong Thok refugee camp population stood at 43,795, Pamir refugee camp at 31,944 and Yida refugee settlement at 51,951.

■ During the reporting period, UNHCR registered 223 newly arrived refugees (162 men, 122 women) from South Kordofan, which is a decrease of 36% compared to the same period in 2017.

■ UNHCR relocated 446 refugees to Jamjang’s two refugee camps (117 - Ajuong Thok camp, 329 - Pamir camp) including 289 new arrivals and 157 refugees previously settled in Yida. In the same period in 2017, 582 refugees were relocated including 76 refugees from Yida settlement.

■ In Unity, UNHCR partner International Rescue Committee (IRC) supported 15 new Sexual Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) cases, which is an increase of 50% as compared to the same period in 2017. Increase of awareness and referral pathway among communities is a main contributing factor to the increased number of reported cases. Cumulatively, 401 cases have been supported since January (Pamir 141, Yida 63, and Ajuong Thok 197).

■ IRC and Lutheran World Federation (LWF) facilitated a three-day training on basic concepts of SGBV, Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA), and the referral pathways for 12 teachers (10 men, 2 women) from five primary schools in Ajuong Thok refugee camp. The training enhanced the understanding of teachers about violence against women and girls and PSEA. Cumulatively 130 teachers have been trained since January 2018 (70 - Ajuong Thok, 20 - Yida, 70 - Pamir).

■ In Ajuong Thok refugee camp, UNHCR identified 2,952 persons with specific needs (PSNs). PSNs include separated children, older persons at risk and persons with disabilities as well as children victim of violence, abuse, exploitation or neglect. UNHCR and partners are working to address the high-risk cases.

■ In Jamjang’s refugee camps, LWF identified 75 children at risk (36 boys, 39 girls) including unaccompanied and separated children (UASC), early pregnancy and children in conflict with the law. The majority (35) are unaccompanied children (18 boys, 17 girls). The high number of UASC is due to the spontaneous movements of refugee families to and from South Sudan.