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Sudan: Inter-Agency Operational Update: South Sudanese Refugee Response (30 November 2017)

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  • No new cases of acute watery diarrhea (AWD) among refugees since September.

  • 7,000 refugees have arrived in North Kordofan since July, as confirmed by UNHCR following recent mission.

  • Over 4,600 refugees arrive in South Darfur. Relocation from Kafia Kinji to El Radom has begun.

Key Developments

  • RELOCATION OF 3,500 NEWLY ARRIVED REFUGEES IN SOUTH DARFUR BEGINS – UNHCR and the Commission of Refugees (COR) began the relocation of over 3,500 newly arrived refugees at the border entry point of Kafia Kinji, South Darfur. As of 30 November, 772 refugees have been moved to the refugee settlement at the El Radom reception centre where household pre-registration occurs and they receive health and nutrition screening, hot meals, food rations and a land plot for their shelter. Reports from newly arrived refugees indicate that more people are likely to continue to arrive to Kafia Kinji in December. Since 1 May, the refugee population in El Radom locality has swelled from 4,300 to over 22,000.

  • ZERO CASES OF AWD AMONG REFUGEES CONFIRMED – WHO and the federal Ministry of Health (MoH) have reported zero cases of acute watery diarrhea (AWD) in 17 out of 18 states of Sudan. Red Sea remains the only state reporting sporadic cases. No refugee cases have been reported across refugee camps and settlements in East Darfur, White Nile and South Kordofan. The last case among South Sudanese refugees was reported on 2 September in East Darfur.

  • UNHCR INITIATES PARTICIPATORY ASSESSMENTS FOR SOUTH SUDANESE REFUGEES – UNHCR began age-gender diversity mainstreaming (AGDM) participatory assessments across all states in November. The AGDM Participatory Assessments are designed to build partnerships with refugees of all ages and backgrounds by promoting meaningful participation through structured dialogue. The process includes separate discussions with refugee women, girls, boys and men, including adolescents, in order to gather accurate information on their specific protection risks and underlying causes, to understand their capacities, and to hear their proposed solutions. Findings from the assessments will inform UNHCR’s programme planning and response targeting for 2018.

  • 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE IN SUDAN BEGINS – A joint campaign for the marking of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence in Sudan was initiated on 25 November by UNHCR, COR, Government line ministries, UN agencies and international and national NGO partners. This year’s theme is “Leave No One Behind – Working Together to End Sexual and Gender Based Violence“. Special events commemorating the campaign are being held in South Sudanese refugee camps and key settlement areas across Khartoum, White Nile, South and West Kordofan, East Darfur, South Darfur and North Darfur.

  • POLIO VACCINATION CAMPAIGNS REACH REFUGEE SETTLEMENTS – State Ministries of Health (SMoHs) across North Darfur, South Darfur, East Darfur and West Kordofan conducted Polio vaccination campaigns in November, including for refugee children. Through UNICEF’s support, 50,308 refugee children from 0-15 years of age were vaccinated with Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) drops, and also received vitamin A supplementation to address deficiency risk for improved child health outcomes. - 7,000 SOUTH SUDANESE REFUGEES CONFIRMED IN NORTH KORDOFAN – Following a recent mission to North Kordofan by UNHCR’s sub-office in Kadugli (18-21 November), UNHCR has confirmed that an estimated 7,000 South Sudanese refugees have settled across 5 key areas in El Obeid locality since July. UNHCR is working with COR, state authorities and relevant local actors to organize a needs assessment in 2018 to inform a response plan as needed. Currently, WFP conducts general food distribution for over 5,400 refugees on a monthly basis in North Kordofan.

  • BIOMETRIC REGISTRATION UNDERWAY ACROSS SOUTH AND WEST KORDOFAN – Individual registration (biometric) targeting all major refugee settlement areas in South and West Kordofan is underway. So far, registration has been completed for 45% of refugees in South Kordofan and 37% of refugees in West Kordofan, with the aim to achieve nearly 90% coverage of the refugee population upon the completion of the exercise.

  • INTER-AGENCY ASSESSMENT OF SOUTH SUDANESE REFUGEES IN KHARTOUM’S OPEN AREAS RESCHEDULED – The inter-agency assessment originally planned for 26 November has been rescheduled for 4-6 December. After months of access restrictions, Government of Sudan authorities agreed in early November that a joint inter-agency assessment may go forward in all open areas hosting South Sudanese refugees in Khartoum.