Over 900 new arrivals registered in Unity: In Yida refugee settlement, UNHCR registered 915 new arrivals (457F, 458M) including 682 children. Cumulatively, 10,709 new arrivals have been registered in 2017. Last year within the same period, 9,583 new arrivals were registered, which represents 10% increase due to the increased number of children leaving their parents in South Kordofan to pursue education opportunities.
UNHCR Trains refugees on Conflict Resolution and Leadership in Yei: In Yei, UNHCR in coordination with its partner UMCOR and CRA trained 45 refugee leaders (20 Congolese and 25 Nuba) including youth, men and women on Conflict Resolution and Management, Leadership and Communication. The training identified poverty as a major cause of conflict in the community, coupled with poor leadership, tribalism, insecurity and alcoholism. Also, UNHCR conducted a two-day training for 35 refugees on dry season vegetable production techniques.
UNHCR commences verification of refugees in Upper Nile: In Maban camps, UNHCR in collaboration with Commission for Refugee Affairs (CRA) commenced verification of refugees. The exercise aims to validate and update the family composition of refugees, residing in the camps, update their biometric information and issue refugee identity cards to all refugees who are aged 16 years and above (about 65,000). So far, 1,270 individuals have been verified. The exercise will cover approximately 143,000 refugees in four camps during the next six months.
Refugee children benefit from an innovation training in Upper Nile: In Doro and Kaya refugee camps, UNHCR and its partners Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and Save the Children International (SCI) conducted an innovation training for 58 children, applying one of the innovative approaches (design thinking/human-centered design) to children’s project design/development. During the training, children and youth learned how to translate their ideas into tangible products and services and design and develop projects that tackle their problems in the community.
Refugees and host community students to benefit from vocational training in Western Equatoria: In Yambio, UNHCR in collaboration with the State Ministry of Education, Gender, Child and Social Welfare enrolled 15 refugees and 5 host community youth members in a six-month vocational training in tailoring, masonry, carpentry, driving, plumbing and mechanic.
UNHCR supports youth to establish farms in Jonglei: In Awerial, Duk and Twic East counties, UNHCR partner Humanitarian Development Consortium (HDC) supported 40 youth with the establishment of Agro-Pastoralist Schools. Previous school farms have shown good production in Mingkaman, which has resulted in an income accumulation of South Sudanese Pounds 3, 600 per month per each farm.