South Sudan UNHCR Operational Update 2/2018, 16-31 January 2018

from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 31 Jan 2018

37,806 Refugees received non-food items during the reporting period.

1,016 Refugee new arrivals registered in Unity during the reporting period

2,966 Refugees reached with human rights awareness campaign during the reporting period



286,256 Refugees in South Sudan as of 31 January 2018.

1.9 million IDPs in South Sudan including 204,247 in UNMISS Protection of Civilians sites as of 25 January 2018

US $809.4 million Funding requested by UNHCR for the South Sudan Situation in 2018.


Achievements and Impact


  • In Yida, UNHCR registered 1,016 new arrivals (487F, 529M) against 973 during the same period in 2017 which represents 121% increase. The new arrivals cited lack of food due to drought and increase of school fees in Sudan’s South Kordofan as their main reason for fleeing.

  • During the reporting period, UNHCR relocated 1,514 refugees to Jamjang refugee camps, including 343 to Ajuong Thok and 1,171 to Pamir. This includes 54 refugees who were previously settled in Yida and 1,460 new arrivals. As of 31 January 2018, the refugee population in Jamjang camps was as follows: Ajuong Thok refugee camp - 40,502, Pamir refugee camp - 19,742,
    Yida refugee settlement - 55,306.

  • In Ajuong Thok refugee camp, UNHCR partner International Rescue Committee (IRC) reached 1,176 (400M, 776 F) advocacy activities to improve knowledge of the refugee population on Sexual Gender-Based Violence (SGBV).

  • In Yida Refugee Settlement, UNHCR recorded three new reported SGBV cases; rape (1) and physical assault (2) cases. Victims were provided with psychosocial support through individual counselling and comprehensive case management based on their specific needs.

  • Across Jamjang refugee camps, UNHCR provided additional food to persons with special needs (PSNs) identified by the Community Outreach Volunteers. UNHCR conducted a vulnerability assessment to determine the recommended additional food needs.

Central Equatoria

  • In Yei, UNHCR and its partner UMCOR in collaboration with United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) conducted a joint mission to Lasu refugee settlement. The mission assessed the situation around Lasu Refugee camp and the damages since UNHCR’s last visit to Lasu in June before the outbreak of violence in July 2016. As a result of interviews, some refugees confirmed their colleagues are in dire situations in five locations and require urgent material support. UNHCR supported some of the vulnerable refugees with sugar, salt, rice, soap, and assorted vegetable seeds for 100 households.

  • During the mission to Lasu, refugees reported five SGBV cases including two domestic violence and three rape cases of women aged between 16-40 years). The 03 survivors of rape did not receive Post Exposure Prophylaxis and emergency contraceptives due to lack of health services in Lasu but received psychosocial counselling from UMCOR. Also, new SGBV cases (01 early marriage aged 16 years, 02 cases of domestic violence) in Kukuyi and Jabara. All survivors received psychosocial support. The counsellors also followed up 02 old SGBV cases earlier reported in Yago and Jabara.

Upper Nile

  • In Maban, UNHCR and South Sudan Police Service (SSPS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aligned with countrywide policy guidelines on engagement with SSPS. UNHCR distributed 20 bicycles to the camp-based police posts to facilitate their transportation. This effort will ensure police patrol and security across the four refugee camps.

  • In Maban refugee camps, UNHCR identified 209 persons with special needs (PSNs). UNHCR partner the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) assessed their needs for possible assistance. PSNs include elderly at risk (135), women at risk (50), persons with disabilities (20) and children at risk (4).

  • In Doro and Yusuf Batil refugee camps, DRC conducted nine awareness sessions on human rights and SGBV to 2,966 individuals.

  • In Maban refugee camps, UNHCR partner Save the Children International (SCI) conducted awareness raising in Child Activity Centers (CAC) with Child Rights Club (CRC) and Child Rights Network (CRN) to encourage children to come to play in CAC centres. During the reporting period, the average attendance of children and adolescents who accessed play and recreational activities (ball games, chess, ludo, skipping ropes, songs and dance) included 1,006 (573M, 433F) in Doro and 1,163 (587M, 576F) in Gendrassa. SCI distributed sports jerseys, wool to skilled builders, football pumps and soaps to the innovation groups.

  • In Maban camps, UHNCR conducted skills building activities for 341 adolescent girls at eight CACs beadwork and crocheting. The adolescents were given sessions to discuss children and adolescents’ rights and protection issues.

  • In Doro refugee camp, 28 adolescents and youth (26F, 2M) participated in the tailoring course which is now in its fourth month. The trainees are expected to complete the course and graduate by mid- Feb where they will also receive their tailoring start-up kits (sewing machines, fabric, thread, needles)

  • During the reporting period, UNHCR recorded 32 SGBV cases identified in all four camps. These cases include physical assault (16), psychological and emotional abuse (8), attempted rape (6), early marriage (2), forced marriage (2), and denial of resources (1). Survivors were referred for health and psychosocial support.