UNICEF Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report, April 2017

from UN Children's Fund
Published on 30 Apr 2017

Situation in Numbers

2,300,000 children
4,800,000 people
# of people who need Humanitarian Assistance
(Source: Sudan Humanitarian Needs Overview 2017)
960,000 children
1,600,000 people
# of internally displaced people living in camps
(Source: Sudan Humanitarian Needs Overview 2017)
252,560 children
388,596 people
# of South Sudanese refugees since outbreak of conflict on 15 December 2013
(Source: ’Sudan: Refugee from South Sudanese as of 15 April 2017’ reported by UNHCR. 65% of South Sudanese refugees are children)


• Over 95,000 South Sudanese refugees including 61,750 children are estimated to have arrived in Sudan since the beginning of 2017, surpassing the UNHCR projection of 60,000. A threefold increase of 180,000 refugees is now anticipated for 2017.
• UNICEF supported the treatment of 898 suspected cases of acute watery diarrhea (AWD) in White Nile state, 356 of these were children under the age of 18.
• 31,160 emergency-affected children, including about 1,000 South Sudanese refugees, were treated for severe acute malnutrition in Sudan from January to March through UNICEF’s support.
• UNICEF, UNHCR and partners supported 926 South Sudanese refugee students (423 girls and 503 boys) living in refugee camps in White Nile state to take the Grade Eight examination in March enabling these students to move from primary to secondary education. The results indicated a high pass rate of 86% (81% girls and 91% boys).
• During the reporting period, 19,442 children received psychosocial support services (PSS).
• 681 unaccompanied or separated children (UASC) have either been reunified with their families in 8 emergency affected states or been placed in alternative care arrangements through UNICEF’s and its partner’s family tracing and reunification (FTR) efforts.

Situation Overview and Humanitarian Needs

The influx of South Sudanese Refugees in Sudan continues to increase. From January to mid-April 2017,2 more than 95,000 South Sudanese refugees have arrived into Sudan, including approximately 61,750 children. The new arrivals in April were mainly in White Nile State, South Kordofan and East Darfur and since the reasons for migrating are related to the conflict and famine in South Sudan, there is an urgent need to address the issues of child protection, especially associated with unaccompanied and separated children, as well as health and nutrition screening and treatment.
UNICEF and partners are responding to the urgent water needs of South Sudanese refugees and the host community in El Leri locality in South Kordofan. In early April, there were concerns regarding the shortage of water in the area, especially with the influx of approximately 27,000 South Sudanese into the locality.