South Sudan UNHCR Operational Update 18/2017, 16-30 September 2017
UNHCR continues to relocate new arrivals and Yida refugees to Pamir and Ajuong Thok refugee camps: In Yida, UNHCR relocated 493 refugees to Jam-Jang camps including; 98 to Ajuong Thok and 395 to Pamir refugee camps, including 38 refugees previously settled in Yida and 455 new arrivals. Cumulatively, 11,450 refugees have been relocated since the beginning of the year, out of which 1,687 individuals were previously residing in Yida refugee settlement. The Pamir refugee camp population stands at 15, 635 individuals, while the population in Ajuong Thok refugee camp is 37, 363 individuals as of 30 September.
UNHCR conducts a participatory assessment for persons with special needs in Unity: In Ajuong Thok and Pamir refugee camps, UNHCR conducted a participatory assessment with older persons, persons with disabilities, and caregivers targeting 277 refugees (139M, 138F). Findings included limited community participation and decision-making process, safety outside the camp, assistive devices, and the need for self-care support specifically for caregivers of persons with disabilities. UNHCR and relevant partners will coordinate to address some of the issues.
UNHCR selects 20 refugee students to study in South Sudan Universities: In Juba, UNHCR selected 11 refugee students for the 2018 DAFI scholarship. A total of 20 young refugees have been selected for DAFI scholarship in 2017. The DAFI scholarship is funded by the Government of Germany and was launched in 1992 to help refugee students study at universities in host countries.
UNHCR trains over 100 health workers in Unity and Upper Nile regions: In Maban and Jamjang, UNHCR trained 25 health workers of UNHCR partners on Integrated Management of Adolescent and Adult Illness in collaboration with World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health (MOH). The training was conducted as part of the strengthening HIV/AIDS programming in refugee camps with specific focus on antiretroviral treatments (ART). In Maban and Jamjang, UNHCR trained 26 health workers, and 53 non-health workers (community health workers, community services staff, and SGBV focal points) of partner organizations and UNHCR on mental health and psychosocial support. The training was conducted by War Trauma Foundation with the funding from the UNHCR Public Health Section in Geneva.
UNHCR establishes two new nursery sites for fruit seedlings in Upper Nile: In Yusuf Batil and Doro refugee camps, UNHCR and its partner Relief International (RI) established 2 new nursery sites to increase the quantity of tree/fruit seedlings. The expected output capacity is 10,000 seedlings per nursery site. Both refugees and host community participated in the establishment process. Establishment of these additional nurseries will help in reforestation of areas close to the refugee camps.
45 refugee women complete tailoring school in Upper Nile: In Maban, 45 refugee women successfully graduated from a 3-month tailoring training organized by UNHCR and Save the Children International (SCI). Graduates were given start-up kits, including sewing machines, cloth and threads.
UNHCR hands over educational support to government in Western Equatoria: In Yambio, UNHCR installed and handed over a solar power system to the State Ministry of Education, Gender and Social Welfare. In addition, Yambio Secondary Boarding was provided with 100 wooden double-decker beds, 200 sponge mattresses, 50 wooden classroom desks, 25 wooden tables and 50 wooden benches.