UNICEF Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report, December 2016

from UN Children's Fund
Published on 31 Dec 2016


• An important interagency assessment has taken place from 27 to 31 December 2016 in Bau and Kurmuk localities of Blue Nile State to assess the humanitarian situation, including the needs related to child protection, education, health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene.

• In December 2016, the Sudan Armed Forces renewed the command order to end recruitment and use of children in its forces, in line with the Action Plan signed in March 2016.

• After the signing of an Action Plan to end recruitment and use of children on 23 November 2016, the Sudan People’s Liberation MovementNorth (SPLM-N) informed the UN of the appointment of a focal point to implement the recently signed Action Plan.

• 609 separated and unaccompanied children have been identified and placed in alternative family care or reunified with their families in Darfur, White Nile, Blue Nile, South Kordofan and West Kordofan States.

• 9,595 children (4,989 girls; 4,606 boys) benefited from 106 newly constructed and rehabilitated child-friendly school environment in five States (White Nile, West Kordofan, South and Central Darfur and Blue Nile).

• 28,956 South Sudanese refugees and internally displaced people in East and South Darfur, South and West Kordofan and Blue Nile States benefited from the construction of 520 household and 1,246 communal latrines.


2,600,000 children
4,400,000 people
Number of people to be reached
(Source: UNICEF Humanitarian Action for Children 2016)

1,200,000 children
1,980,000 people
Number of people displaced in Darfur
(Source: Sudan Humanitarian Needs Overview 2016)

184,272 children
263,245 people
Number of South Sudanese Refugees since outbreak of conflict on 15 December 2013
(Source: UNHCR Information Sharing Portal, 16 November 2016. Up to 70% of South Sudanese refugees are children)

UNICEF Appeal 2016
US$ 117 million

Situation Overview and Humanitarian Needs

UNICEF participated with four programme personnel in an interagency mission in the town of Golo, Jabel Marra, Central Darfur from 8 to 13 December 2016, as a follow up to the preliminary mission undertaken in August 2016 to Golo. The purpose of the joint mission was to assess humanitarian needs. The joint team was able to assess the humanitarian situation including education, health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and results will be finalized shortly.

Another interagency mission, this one to Kurmuk and Bau localities of Blue Nile State, took place from the 27 to 31 December. Preliminary results demonstrate high humanitarian needs in these areas not accessed since the first half of 2015. UNICEF had a strong participation including six programme personnel, three vehicles and three drivers.

As of 16 November 2016, Sudan is host to over a quarter of a million (263,245) South Sudanese refugees (including 184,272 children). This figure represents over 25 per cent of all South Sudanese that have been forced to flee conflict in search of refuge outside their country. There are an estimated 56,442 South Sudanese in East Darfur State, fleeing conflict and food insecurity.