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Sudan: Humanitarian Bulletin | Issue 28 | 18 - 31 December 2017 [EN/AR]

Situation Report
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  • About 1,500 people returned to their home villages in Dafag, ending 10 years of asylum in CAR - UNHCR

  • As of 31 December 2017, the HRP funding level stood at 45.4 per cent of the US$804 million budgeted.

  • MSF-Spain to phase out of Sortony, North Darfur, due to the improved health situation in the area.

  • Plan International WASH interventions in two IDP camps in North Darfur to end in February 2018.

  • UK contributes over £71.5 million towards aid operations in Sudan.

  • In 2017, WFP sourced 390,000 MT of sorghum from the local market.


  • # people in need in Sudan (2017 HNO): 4.8 million
  • # people in need in Darfur (2017 HNO): 3 million
  • GAM caseload (2017 HNO): 2.2 million
  • South Sudanese refugees - total: 795,353
  • South Sudanese refugees - pre-2013: 352,462
  • South Sudanese refugees - post-2013: 442,891
  • Other refugees and asylum seekers, UNHCR (30 June 2017): 167,784

Nearly 1,500 people returned from CAR to their home villages in Dafag, South Darfur

The voluntary repatriation of Sudanese refugees from Pladama Ouaka refugee camp in Bambari, Central Africa Republic (CAR) to Dafag, South Darfur ended on 5 January, with 1,494 people returned to their home villages in Dafag, ending 10 years of asylum in the CAR, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

Facilitated by UNHCR and the Governments of Sudan and CAR, beginning on 12 December 2017, the refugees returned to Sudan via 66 UNHCR-chartered flights to South Darfur. Returnees are being provided with return packages to support their reintegration in Sudan, including: plots of land, non-food items and cash grants for shelter materials. The World Food Programme (WFP) is also providing a two-month food ration.

The refugees had fled from South Darfur to the CAR in 2007, during the conflict between Sudanese forces and armed groups. In late November 2017, they expressed their intention to return to Sudan, following improvements in the security situation and the disarmament of armed groups in their home villages.

UNHCR and the Government’s Commissioner for Refugees (COR) are working with the State Ministry of Health (SMoH), local authorities and other partners—including the UN Children’s Agency (UNICEF), the United Nations - African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), CARE International Switzerland and Norwegian Church Aid—to enhance services in the Dafag area. The Government of Sudan has pledged to implement international standards governing refugee returns, including the benefit of amnesties. UNHCR will continue to monitor the returnees and their situation in Dafag to ensure a secure and inclusive reintegration process.

There are 194 Sudanese refugees (70 families) who have opted to remain in CAR. UNHCR is working with the Government of CAR and the refugees to develop a local integration strategy to ensure that Sudanese refugees continue to benefit from international protection and are able to rebuild their lives in CAR in safety and with dignity.

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