Uganda: South Sudan Situation UNHCR Operational Update, March 2018

Report
from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 31 Mar 2018

6,397 South Sudanese refugees arrived in Uganda during the month of March, at an average daily rate of 208, bringing the total number to 1,053,598.

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.

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

Operational Context

The number of new arrivals remained relatively low, in West Nile (Arua and Adjumani).
The trend indicate a rise in numbers of new arrivals, from 4,947 in February to 5,318 at the end of March 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 persists.