Sudan: Population & Operational Update: South Sudanese Refugee Response (16 - 30 April 2018)

from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 30 Apr 2018

Fuel shortage driving shut down of water treatment plants for refugee camps in White Nile.

Out-of-camp needs assessment completed in West Kordofan for an estimated 24,000 refugees.

Limited water supply driving community tensions in Jodat, Al Lait locality in North Darfur.

Population Update

NEARLY 3,000 SOUTH SUDANESE REFUGEES ARRIVE IN APRIL – While new arrival flows remain steady, there has been a gradual decrease in arrivals since January. East Darfur and West Kordofan continue to receive the largest flows, with over 6,800 arriving in East Darfur in 2018 so far, and over 4,100 arriving in South Darfur, for a total of 17,600 new arrivals in 2018 so far.

NO NEW ARRIVALS TO SOUTH DARFUR IN APRIL – A significant decrease of new arrival flows to South Darfur was observed in April, from an average of over 1,200 new arrivals per month since January to 0 new arrivals in April. While reasons for the drop are unclear, this could suggest that refugees from Western Bahr Ghazal in South Sudan are seeking alternative points of entry to Sudan, perhaps through East Darfur.

REFUGEE POPULATION FIGURE IN EL RADOM, SOUTH DARFUR DOWN BY OVER 50% FOLLOWING BIOMETRIC REGISTRATION – Biometric registration completed for refugees living in out-of-camp settlements in El Radom has verified 10,205 refugees living in the area. This is less than 50% of the original household registration figure of over 25,000 collected via household registration in Fall 2017. The reduced figure can be linked to the identification of household duplications and local families who were included in the original household registration total. As well, the decrease is likely due to refugee movements to other parts of South Darfur, North Darfur and West Kordofan in search of livelihood opportunities. Given El Radom’s location, it is likely that many refugees settled there temporarily after initial arrival to Sudan, eventually moving onwards to reunite with family members in other states. Continuous registration systems have been established at El Radom to capture ongoing new arrivals and any households who missed the recent exercise.