South Sudan + 6 more

South Sudan UNHCR Operational Update 16/2016, 16-31 August 2016

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Highlights

  • Insecurity continues to affect humanitarian operations in Lasu refugee settlement -­‐ Due to insecurity on the Yei-­‐Lasu road, UNHCR partner ACROSS was able to deliver only a limited quantity of essential drugs to the health centre in Lasu settlement, home to over 10,000 refugees. The bulk of drugs needed to cater for the medical needs of Lasu refugee population are on hold in Yei until conditions allow for their safe passage to the settlement. Referral of urgent cases to Yei Hospital resumed with minor impediments. Insecurity has also affected the general food distribution, with refugees having had no access to their monthly food rations since late June 2016. A malnutrition assessment of children under 5 years, carried out through Mid‐Upper Arm Circumference test, showed that August’s global malnutrition rate in Lasu was 1.7 per cent ‐ four times higher compared to January 2016, but below the emergency threshold of 10 per cent. In the absence of food distribution, the malnutrition levels are likely to worsen, especially among children in foster care, people with chronic illnesses and the elderly. Some refugee families have reportedly returned to the Democratic Republic of the Congo due insecurity and hunger. UNHCR continued to advocate with local authorities and key stakeholders on the ground for safe access of humanitarian workers and goods to the settlement.

  • Pamir camp ready to accommodate up to 20,000 refugees -­‐ At Pamir camp, UNHCR and partners have so far demarcated 5,000 family plots, built a primary school and a health care centre. Drinking water is available through a sun-­‐powered water pumping system and teachers are on site to start classes as soon as the school term resumes. The new camp, to be officially open in September, is ready to accommodate up to 20,000 people, including new arrivals from Sudan’s South Kordofan and refugees relocating from Yida.

  • UNHCR provides protection support for the relocation of IDPs to UN House in Juba -­‐ UNHCR continued to monitor the relocation of IDPs from UNMISS Tomping to UN House in Juba to ensure centrality of protection, avoid family separations and provide counseling and assistance to persons with specific needs, including through the establishment of a Protection Desk, operational since 29 August. During the reporting period, 1,331 IDPs were relocated to UN House, bringing the total number to 2,057. Another 2,100 IDPs remain in the Tomping site.

  • UNHCR and partners fight malaria in refugee camps -­‐ As part of the activities to reduce the incidence of malaria, UNHCR partner Mentor Initiative completed indoor residual spraying and larviciding activities in Doro and Yusuf Batil camps, reaching more than 31,600 households. Preparations are underway to start similar interventions in Gendrassa and Kaya camps, with a target of 10,100 households. The incidence of malaria in the camps is higher compared to previous years but in line with the trends observed in the whole country.

KEY FIGURES

INSIDE SOUTH SUDAN

261,280 Refugees in South Sudan

1,61 M IDPs in South Sudan, including 195,494 people in UNMISS Protection of Civilians site

275,668,213 USD Funding requested for comprehensive needs in 2016

131,249,542 USD Funding requested for priority needs in 2016

OUTSIDE SOUTH SUDAN

Over 975,000 South Sudanese refugees in neighboring countries (before and after December 2013)

125,873 South Sudanese arrivals in neighboring countries after 8 July

2016 including:

  • Uganda: 99,248 (31 Aug)
  • Sudan: 12,641 (28 Aug)
  • DRC: 11,645 (28 Aug)
  • Kenya: 2,127 (28 Aug)
  • Ethiopia: 88 (28 Aug)
  • CAR: 124 (28 Aug)