South Sudan UNHCR Operational Update (1-15 February 2019)

HIGHLIGHTS 1-15 February 2019

UNHCR registers over 1,400 refugee new arrivals in Unity: UNHCR registered 1,452 (715 women, 737 men) newly arrived Sudanese refugees from South Kordofan, which is a decrease of 41% when compared to the same period in 2018.

Refugees commemorate International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation in Upper Nile: Across Maban’s four refugee camps, UNHCR, partners and refugee communities commemorated the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on 6 February. During the event, refugee leaders called for an end to the practice.

UNHCR and partners commence the registration of refugee students for the 2019 academic year in Upper Nile: In Maban, the new school year began on 4 February. Enrolment is ongoing across the four refugee camps; so far 36,060 (18,345 girls, 17,715 boys) for primary schools, 3,168 (1,293 girls, 721 boys) for the Accelerated Education Programme, and 505 (198 girls, 307 boys) for secondary schools have been registered.

Over 6,000 mothers and children receive nutritional support in Unity: In Jamjang refugee camps, UNHCR and partners International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Africa Humanitarian Action (AHA), distributed supplies for the blanket supplementary feeding program (BSFP) to children under two years and pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. In Pamir refugee camp, a total of 1,252 PLWs and 1,750 under two received supplies, while 1,229 pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and 1,799 children with the age under two received supplies in Ajuong Thok refugee camp. The BSFP aims to improve and maintain the nutrition status of PLWs and the children under two, given their increased nutrient requirements.

Host Community allocates farmlands to refugees in Western Equatoria: In Makpandu refugee settlement, the host community allocated 200×100 and 100×100 metres of agricultural land for 11 refugee farmers. Cumulatively in 2019, 50 refugee farmers have received allocated farm lands.

UNHCR and commences training of 45 youth in vocational training in Malakal: UNHCR and partner Humanitarian Development Consortium (HDC) began vocational training for 45 youths from Malakal Protection of Civilian (POC) site and town on bricklaying and concreting, carpentry and joinery as well as electrical engineering. These skills will allow the youths to generate an income by helping to build and repair schools and hospitals in their communities. The youths come from different ethnicities, by working together during the trainings, this encourages dialogue and peaceful co-existence.

UNHCR participates in an inter-agency rapid assessment in Western Equatoria: UNHCR joined an inter-agency Initial Rapid Needs Assessment (IRNA) comprising of South Sudan’s Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (RRC), UN agencies and partners, to assess the IDP situation in Tambura, located 185 kilometers outside of Yambio town. The assessment team visited Mabia, Nagero County and Source town in Yubu County. They found that majority of IDPs have spontaneously returned to their place of origin as the result of the Revitalized Peace Agreement signed in September 2018. The State Government, in coordination with WVI, plan to assist with transportation the few remaining IDPs, who wish to return to their place of origin. The assessment team noted the priority needs are food, NFIs, seeds and tools, education and health.

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees