Key activities carried out in reporting period:
CHF 2009 Allocation
On 14 January, at the Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) allocation meeting chaired by the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Sudan, a total of $1 million was allocated to Cross-Sector Support for Returns, to support Tracking and Monitoring (IOM) and Sudan Information Campaign for Return (UNICEF). No funding was allocated for the Joint Organized Returns.
On 19 January, at CHF meeting in Abyei a total of $2 million was allocated to six sectors: Health, Water and Sanitation, Food Security and Livelihoods, Education, Protection and Return.
A CHF meeting in Southern Kordofan also agreed to allocate $150,000 to Cross-Sector Support for Returns, in support of tracking of spontaneous returnees. In Blue Nile a total of $440,000 was allocated to Cross-Sector Support for Returns, in support of UNHCR's activities in relation to health, education and livelihoods in Kurmok and Ed Damazin areas.
IDP Organised Return
In Central Equatoria, the total number of IDPs returned to Lobonok between December 2008 and January 2009 reached 1,711 individuals. Most returnees have received NFI kits provided by UNICEF and NCA. Also, on 28 January 64 returnees from Juba, assisted by IOM, arrived in Torit/Eastern Equatoria. Meanwhile, five qualified Sudanese arrived in Western Bahr el Ghazal from Khartoum on 15 January. The returnees received NFI kits and food rations.
This month, the Voluntary Return and Resettlement Commission (VRRC) and Southern Kordofan Chief's Council organized the return of 612 individuals to South Kordofan. While in Abyei an estimated 313 IDPs returned from Gadaref in (GoSS) organized return.
Sporadic spontaneous returns continued during this month. On 1 January, a barge carrying 256 spontaneous returnees arrived in Bor/Jonglei. While, IOM/SSRRC's enumerators,Unity state, reported that 700 spontaneous returnees were tracked in January. Also ADRA in Upper Nile registered 262 spontaneous returnees. A total of 1,135 individuals were also verified as spontaneous returnees in Northern Bahr el Ghazal.
This month, UNHCR repatriated 3,073 refugees from Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda under the assisted self-repatriation mechanism, to Equatoria, Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile States.
As of 31 January 2009 the repatriation of Sudanese refugees to South Sudan and Blue Nile State reached a cumulative total of 299,268 refugees since 2005, of which 142,438 returned under the organized and assisted self-repatriation programme.