UNHCR South Sudan Factsheet - July 2017
19,046 Refugees and IDPs received nonfood items assistance from UNHCR across South Sudan in July 2017
927 Refugees, partners, government officials and host community members received capacity building trainings in July 2017.
308 Transitional shelters and class rooms completed in July 2017.
Main Activities – Refugee Programme
- As of 31 July 2017, the refugee population in South Sudan stood at 275,187 individuals, consisting of 65,376 households spread in 21 different locations across South Sudan. In June South Sudan received 275 new arrivals mainly from Sudan’s South Kordofan, and registered 1,186 new born babies mainly from Sudan’s South Kordofan region. 52% of the refugees are female with women and children representing 82% of the total population. The Sudanese refugee population remains the largest at 254,150 individuals (92%) followed by DRC Congo 14,794 individuals (5%), Ethiopia 4,351 individuals (2%) and Central African Republic 1,857 (1%). The majority (90%) of these refugees are hosted in South Sudan’s Upper Nile and Unity regions. Furthermore, South Sudan hosted 2,400 asylum seekers and an estimated over 1.95 million IDPs displaced in South Sudan.
In Juba, UNHCR commenced the verification of urban refugees targeting over 3,500 individuals. So far, 660 refugees had been verified of which 45 refugees were inactivated as spontaneous departures. Also, 35 persons were activated including 15 new born registration cases. 530 persons were enrolled in Biometrics Identity Management System (BIMS) while 37 identification cards and 402 Proof of Registration documents were issued in July.
In July, UNHCR relocated 40 former Lasu refugees to Ajuong Thok refugee camp. The refugees fled Lasu refugee settlement due to insecurity in September 2016. Cumulatively, 113 former Lasu refugees have been relocated to Ajuong Thok in 2017.
In Juba, UNHCR provided cash assistance to families of 48 Persons with Specific Needs (160 individuals). This assistance was provided following the vulnerability assessment, which identified lack of food, dire conditions of their living spaces, and inability of sending their children to school because of school fees.
In Yida, UNHCR registered 241 new arrivals. Cumulatively, 8,459 new arrivals have been registered since the beginning of 2017. There is a decrease in the number of new arrivals; this decrease is partly attributed to prolonged ceasefire in Southern Kordofan.
In July, UNHCR relocated 311 refugees including 129 to Ajuong Thok refugee camp and 182 to Pamir refugee camp. Relocated refugees included 92 previously settled in Yida and 237 new arrivals. Cumulatively, 9,876 refugees have relocated since the beginning of the year, including 1,537 previously settled in Yida. The Pamir refugee camp population now stands at 14, 273 individuals as of 31 July. The Pamir refugee camp population now stands at 36, 677 individuals as of 31 July.
In Pamir refugee camp, UNHCR partners International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Lutheran World Federation (LWF) launched a mass awareness campaign on early and timely reporting of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) under the theme “Early and Timely Reporting of Incidents of Sexual and Gender Based Violence and Access to Quality Services for Survivors of Gender-Based Violence and Persons of Concern Saves Life.” The campaign reached an estimated 3,500 directly, and 20,000 beneficiaries (including those of Ajuong Thok) reached over Internews’ Jam Jang FM radio.
In Pamir refugee camp, UNHCR conducted four education sessions on female genital mutilation and sexual violence to 662 refugees including males and females.
In Ajuong Thok refugee camp, 111 unaccompanied and separated children (UASC) attended awareness raising sessions on Child Rights and the advantages of making use of Child Help Desks as an avenue for bringing forth their challenges to the attention of relevant stakeholders. While in Pamir refugee camp, 135 UASC received food items based on their assessed needs.
Across Maban’s four refugee camps, UNHCR recorded 437 new-borns to enable them to receive assistance promptly. Also in Doro refugee camp, UNHCR registered 57 new arrivals. They were provided with aid items During the general food distribution in July, UNHCR and its partner Danish Refugee Council (DRC) screened and assisted 894 (488 Female and 406 Male) Persons with specific needs (PSNs) across the four refugees camps. The PSNs consisted of mainly elderly, physically disabled, women at risk. The PSNs were prioritized for distribution.
In Gendrassa refugee camp, UNHCR’s partner Lutheran World Federation (LWF) trained 54 (36F, 18M) Child Rights Club (CRC) members on Child Protection, Child Rights and roles of CRC in the camp.
In Yusuf Batil and Gendressa refugee camps, UNHCR conducted two refresher trainings for 37 SGBV focal points on prevention and response to SGBV incidences. The refresher training empowered focal points with knowledge and skills to conduct awareness campaigns against SGBV and bring positive behavioural change in the communities. Also, participants were equipped with information dissemination skills to enable them to carry our information campaigns in the refugee community.