South Sudan UNHCR Operational Update 17/2017, 1-15 September 2017

Report
from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 15 Sep 2017 View Original

4,384
Refugees received vegetable seeds in Upper Nile during the reporting period.

3,815
Refugees and IDPs received aid items from UNHCR across South Sudan during the reporting period.

500
Refugees and IDPs received capacity building training during the reporting period.

KEY FIGURES

276,900
Refugees in South Sudan as of 31 August 2017.

1.89 million
IDPs in South Sudan including 212,969 in UNMISS Protection of Civilian sites as of 14 September 2017

US $883.5 million
Funding requested by UNHCR for the South Sudan Situation in 2017.

Highlights

  • UNHCR Deputy Regional Director for the Regional Bureau of Africa visits South Sudan: UNHCR Deputy Regional Director for the Regional Bureau of Africa Angele Dikongue-Atangana visited South Sudan on 12-15 September 2017. The aim of the visit was to get first-hand information on the refugee and IDP situation in South Sudan. During her visit, the Deputy Regional Director travelled to Bentiu, Yida and Jamjang where she met with refugees, IDPs, UNHCR partners working in refugee and IDP camps and settlements, as well as met with local authorities. In Juba the UNHCR Deputy Regional Director met with the Commissioner for Refugee Affairs, who also accompanied her during the mission to refugee and IDP locations.

  • Refugee students to pay the same university tuition fees as South Sudan nationals: In Juba, the National Ministry of Education and General Instructions made amendments to the current regulations of tuition fees for refugee students. Instead of the previous annual tuition fee of 400 USD while nationals paid SSP equivalent to 200 USD annually, both refugee and South Sudanese students will now pay the same rate which is 125 USD per semester.

  • South Sudan Minister of Heath inspects UNHCR projects in Unity: During the reporting period, National Minister of Health Hon. Dr. Riak Gai Kok visited four health facilities in Ruweng state that are supported by UNHCR. During his four-day visit, Hon Gai declared Pariang Primary Health Care Centre (PHCC) as a State Hospital. The hospital will have access to Government medical provisions accorded to hospitals in South Sudan.

  • Over 4,000 refugees receive vegetable seeds in Upper Nile: In Yusuf Batil camp, Danish Refugee Council (DRC) conducted supplementary seed distribution to 1,096 households (4,384 individuals). The persons of concern received an assortment of vegetable seeds including (Okra, Eggplant, Pumpkin, Tomatoes, Onion, and Sukuma). The targeted seeds distribution was in support of agricultural production with an overall aim of increasing food availability and access among vulnerable refugee and host community households.

  • UNHCR trains women in business kills in Jonglei: In Bor, UNHCR Partner INTERSOS conducted a business skills training for 35 women and girls at the Women-Friendly Space (WFS). The training covered the definition of business, sources of incomes, income and expenditure, and the use of the cashbook. This activity is part of the women center engagement as safe space venue where women stay together and freely speak about sensitive issues affecting them.

  • Refugee farmers receive farming training in Yei: In Yei, UNHCR partner UNMOR trained 50 refugee farmers on good agronomic practices provided by community-based agriculture extension workers. Cumulatively, 241 farmers have been trained on various topics. These trainings are aimed at equipping farmers with additional knowledge for better management of their livelihood activities in the refugee locations in Lasu.