Sudan: Inter-Agency Operational Update: South Sudanese Refugee Response, 31 August 2017
Increased influx of new arrivals to South Darfur continues in August.
Acute watery diarrhea outbreaks in White Nile and East Darfur refugee camps have been contained.
Biometric registration in El Meiram, West Kordofan completed, with registration now underway in Kharasana.
5,846 Total new arrivals in August 2017
182,100 Total new arrivals in 2017 so far
459,811 South Sudanese refugees who have fled to Sudan since December 2013.
ONGOING INFLUX INTO SOUTH DARFUR IN AUGUST – In the first two-weeks of August alone, a rapid influx of 2,900 refugees (approximately 241 refugees per day) arrived to Buram and El Radom areas, with a slower influx observed towards the end of the month for a total of 3,509 new arrivals. Reports indicate that there are an additional 700 newly arrived refugees in Kafia Kinji; however, UNHCR and COR are unable to transport them to El Radom Town at this time due to washed out roads from recent rains. The majority of new arrivals are women and children, and Commission for Refugees (COR) and SRCS have been transporting the refugees to El Radom reception centre.
VISIT TO BANTIU SITE IN KHARTOUM REVEALS URGENT NEEDS – On 28 August, the Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator (RC/HC), UNHCR Deputy Representative, COR and CVHW and went on a joint visit to the Bantiu refugee site, in Jebel Aulia locality of Khartoum to assess the living conditions of an estimated 17,000 South Sudanese refugees currently living there. Immediate needs were identified, including water, sanitation, shelter and health, which are exacerbated by the heavy rainy season and recent unplanned relocations from other sites in Khartoum since May. UNHCR and the RC/HC have submitted a request to COR and CVHW for an immediate, rapid inter-agency needs assessment in order to allow UNHCR and partners to address urgent needs and alleviate the situation of the refugees living there.
WATER TRUCKING TO DAR BATTI, SOUTH KORDOFAN BEGINS DUE TO WASHED OUT ROADS – The rainy season continues to be a challenge with many refugee locations in South Kordofan inaccessible due to ongoing rainfall washing out road networks. Washed out roads to the Dar Batti settlement has hindered the repair of the local water yard. As an interim solution, Care International Switzerland (CIS) through UNHCR has begun water trucking of 7,000 L per day to the Dar Batti school and Al Amira reception centre to ensure ongoing supply of safe drinking water to refugees there.
PROGRESS MADE ON REFUGEE EDUCATION MAINSTREAMING IN SOUTH AND WEST KORDOFAN – The state Ministries of Education (SMoEs) in both South and West Kordofan have agreed to lead key education interventions, including trainings for teachers and parent-teacher associations (PTAs), and school enrollment campaigns. The SMoEs’ engagement in these activities support the mainstreaming of refugee education services within the ministries and enhance the sustainability of refugee education across both states.
UNHCR CONTINUES SUPPORT TO FLOOD VICTIMS IN WHITE NILE – Distribution of non-food items (NFIs) procured by UNHCR began on 30 August to support an additional 1,500 host community households.
So far, UNHCR has supplied NFIs to over 2,200 host community households affected by flooding that began in July, including cooking sets, jerry cans and plastic sheeting. The distributions are a part of the state’s flood response plan led by HAC and the Sudanese Red Crescent Society (SRCS).