Sudan: Humanitarian Bulletin | Issue 03 | 29 January – 11 February 2018 [EN/AR]
• 200,000 South Sudanese refugees are expected to arrive in Sudan in 2018.
• People in parts of North Darfur and Kassala are likely to face food shortages due to poor rains and harvest - FEWS NET.
• WFP in April will be registering protracted IDPs in Tawilla, North Darfur using SCOPE system to allocate assistance through its Food for Assets activities.
• 7,500 vulnerable people in Golo and Nertiti received winter ES/NFIs.
• In 2017, over 21,000 vulnerable IDP families (over 100,000 people) in Darfur benefited from ES/NFIs through the NFI common pipeline.
200,000 South Sudanese refugees expected in Sudan in 2018
The 2018 South Sudanese Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP) was launched in early February, targeting an estimated 200,000 refugee arrivals in Sudan in 2018.
Continued fighting, limited humanitarian assistance and extreme levels of food insecurity are forcing citizens of South Sudan to seek refuge, safety and access to food and basic services in neighbouring countries. The Government of Sudan maintains an open border policy for the refugees, ensuring unfettered access, immediate protection and safety within Sudan’s borders.
The response strategy for 2018 focuses on assistance for new arrivals, while at the same time addressing ongoing needs of the existing refugee caseload, including those in out-of-camp locations. The Response’s three main objectives for 2018 are:
maintaining an emergency response capacity to ensure immediate protection responses and address the urgent needs of new arrivals in 2018;
stabilizing the existing programs to achieve at least minimum emergency standards across sectors, particularly by enhancing further integration with national response mechanisms;
and promoting sustainable solutions for refugees through self-reliance and host community support, and create linkages to national development plans.
As the South Sudanese refugee response enters its fifth year, there is a need to move beyond just emergency response, and focus on longer-term solutions that will strengthen resilience and allow the refugees to become more self-reliant. Camp-based assistance will continue to be provided in established camps, with a move towards more durable infrastructure. At the same time, greater emphasis will be placed on addressing refugee needs in out-ofcamp locations, with a view to expand community-based assistance to support host communities and ensure refugees are able to continue living outside of camps if they choose.