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Uganda: Emergency Update on the South Sudan Refugee Situation - Inter-Agency Weekly | 23rd - 29th November 2016

Situation Report
Originally published



Daily arrival figures from July 2016 are based on manual emergency registration or head-counts/wrist-banding. Confirmed figures will be available as the new arrivals undergo biometric registration.
Figures prior to July are from the Government’s Refugee Information Management System (RIMS).

  • 11,215 - Number of new arrivals between the 23rd and 29th of November 2016
  • 2,480 - Daily average of new arrivals sincest November 2016
  • 405,638 - Number of new arrivals in 2016
  • 595,805 - Total number of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda


  • 11,215 refugees fled to Uganda from South Sudan between therd and 29th of November. The arrival rate remains high, peaking at 3,287 on the 24th of November.

  • As of 28th of November, the refugee population of Bidibidi Settlement stands at 240,721 persons, which is beyond its carrying capacity.

  • A new settlement site in Moyo District is under development to begin receiving refugees next week.

  • Increasing numbers of refugees are relocated from border entry points to Rhino Settlement, pending opening of new sites.

  • The majority of South Sudanese refugees arrive in Uganda through informal border points. A number also reach the country having travelled through the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

  • Biometric registration of refugees is ongoing in Zone 2 of Bidibidi Settlement.

  • Refugees’ reported reasons for fleeing South Sudan include extreme violence and indiscriminate killings; ethnically motivated killings; extortion and detention; rape and sexual abuse of women and girls; forced recruitment of boys and men; demand for information and false accusation of civilians, including women and minors; attacks on homes, often at night; looting and burning of villages, property and livestock; hunger and lack of access to food, medication and basic services; inflation and the soaring cost of living.

  • On the 25th of November, the German Ambassador to Uganda visited Kuluba,
    Yumbe and Bidibidi Reception Centre and Zone 4, where he engaged with newly arrived and relocated refugees. The Ambassador also visited Yumbe Hospital and was briefed by the Medical Officer in charge.

  • 30 youths from both refugee and host communities took part in The Adjumani Design Challenge 2016, a youth empowerment project in Adjumani district.
    They identified challenges affecting their communities in areas such as education, health, early marriage and farming, and presented locally available solutions for resolving these challenges. The winning groups were awarded UGX 1,000,000 to implement their solutions at community level, with the other groups receiving UGX 250,000.