Uganda: South Sudan Situation UNHCR Operational Update, January - February 2018

from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 28 Feb 2018

10,158 South Sudanese refugees arrived in Uganda between the 1st January and 28th of February at an average daily rate of 180 bringing the total number to 1,045,236

Refugees report fleeing primarily out of fear of being killed by fighters from either side of the conflict inside South Sudan. Other reasons of flight include, hunger and lack of social services services.

Despite the ceasefire agreement signed in December 2017 between the warring parties in South Sudan, the humanitarian situation remains unpredictable.


10,158 Number of new arrivals between 1st January and 28th February 2018

180 Daily average of new arrivals between January and February 2018 respectively.

1,045,236 Total South Sudanese refugees and asylum-seekers in Uganda as of 31st January 2018.

Update On Achievements

Operational Context

The number of new arrivals remained relatively low, in the regions covered by the Arua,
Yumbe and Adjumani operations. The trend showed a rise in numbers of new arrivals, from 4,704 in January to 5,454 at the end of February 2018. UNHCR and its partners continued to provide protection and assistance to refugees, and remained poised to adjust their operations in the event of increased arrivals. Insecurity, hunger, malnutrition, lack of access to livelihood opportunity and access to basic services in South Sudan continue to force displacements on the persons. Individuals report fleeing South Sudan for fear of forceful recruitment by the SPLA-IO, and cited an alarming threat of abduction.
However, the overall situation in the Greater Equatorials in South Sudan represents a continuous concern, as insecurity persist.