Sudan: Population & Operational Update: South Sudanese Refugee Response, 15 August 2017

Report
from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 15 Aug 2017 View Original
  • Increased influx continues to South Darfur with 2,900 refugees arriving in beginning of August.

  • Acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) among refugee communities has been contained in East Darfur, and South and West Kordofan.

  • Activities resume d in Al Waral camp following security incident on 1 August.

  • 4,338 New arrivals in August so far

  • 180,592 Total new arrivals in 2017

  • 424,182 South Sudanese refugees who have fled to Sudan since December 2013 (*The Government of Sudan estimates the number of South Sudanese refugees to be 1.3 million, including those who remained in Sudan following South Sudan’s secession in 2011.)

Population Update

  • SUDAN SURPASSES TOTAL ANTICIPATED NEW ARRIVALS FOR 2017 BY MID-AUGUST – Over 180,000 South Sudanese refugees have arrived in Sudan in 2017 so far. The majority of new arrivals in 2017 have fled to White Nile, followed by East Darfur, South Darfur and South Kordofan.
    Despite having surpassed the revised planning figure of 180,000 for 2017 new arrivals, the total caseload of refugees who arrived in Sudan post-December 2013 remains below the overall planning figure estimate of 477,000 by the end of 2017. This is due to the roll-out of biometric registration of the existing caseload, which has helped to refine household level estimates to provide a clear picture of individual refugee figures.

  • ONGOING INFLUX OF REFUGEES INTO SOUTH DARFUR – Since 1 July, nearly 10,500 refugees have arrived in South Darfur, including 2,900 refugees who arrived between 1-15 August. New arrivals report crossing the border from Western Bahr Ghazal state in South Sudan, fleeing escalating conflict and emergency levels of food insecurity. Additionally, approximately 278 individuals (68 households) have reportedly transited to Buram from El Ferdous, East Darfur to join family members.
    Based on the current trends, the state Refugee Working Group (RWG) is working with partners to prepare contingency plans for an estimated 30,000 - 40,000 additional refugees who are anticipated to arrive in South Darfur by January 2018.

Operational Update

  • UN HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES VISITS SUDAN – UNHCR Chief, Mr. Filippo Grandi, visited Sudan 15-16 August to highlight the plight of South Sudanese refugees in Sudan. On 15 August, Mr. Grandi visited with refugees and partners in Al Nimir refugee camp in East Darfur, followed by meetings with the donor and humanitarian community and top government officials, including President Omar Al-Bashir. Mr. Grandi congratulated the Government of Sudan on its long history of generosity to refugees and asylum-seekers, as one of the largest refugee hosting countries in the world. He also emphasized the need to scale-up support to host communities in Sudan and expand registration activities. President Bashir committed to maintaining Sudan’s open-border policy and supporting refugees in out-of-camp locations.

  • SITUATION IN AL WARAL CAMP RETURNS TO NORMAL – Activities in Al Waral camp have been resumed following an incident on 1 August 2017 that led to destruction of several facilities by refugees in the camp and the alleged sexual assault of six Sudanese teachers who were working in the camp.
    The camp was temporarily closed to UN and INGO partners until 9 August. The incident was triggered by a rumour that a refugee from the camp had died in police custody after being arrested for stealing a bag of sorghum. High level representatives from the Government of Sudan and UNHCR, including the UNHCR Representative, Federal COR Commissioner and police officials, visited Al Waral immediately after the incident to help normalize the situation. UNHCR is working closely with Sudan’s authorities to discuss appropriate measures that can strengthen security to help avoid similar events in the future without isolating refugees from host communities.