South Sudan UNHCR Operational Update (16 -31 March 2019)


Achievements and Impact


UNHCR registered 817 (403 women, 414 men) newly arrived Sudanese refugees from South Kordofan, Sudan.

This is a decrease of 28% when compared to the same period in 2018.

UNHCR relocated 731 refugees to one of the Jamjang refugee camps (213 – Ajuong Thok refugee camp, 518 � Pamir refugee camp). The relocation comprised of 656 new arrivals and 75 refugees previously settled in Yida.

In the same period in 2018, UNHCR relocated 1,906 individuals of which were 808 refugees previously settled in Yida.

To date in 2019, 6,756 refugees have been relocated to one of the Jamjang camps (5,891 – new arrivals, 865 � refugees previously settled in Yida). During the same period in 2018, 9,537 refugees were relocated (7,792 – new arrivals, 1,745 – Yida residual caseload).

As of 31 March 2019, the total refugee population in Unity stood at 38,413 in Ajuong Thok refugee camp, 31,304 in Pamir refugee camp, and 51,768 in Yida refugee settlement.

In the Jamjang refugee camps and Yida refugee settlement, UNHCR and partner International Rescue Committee (IRC), received 29 sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) cases. UNHCR provided psychosocial and material support to all survivors.

In Ajuong Thok refugee camp, UNHCR and partner Danish Refugee Council (DRC) facilitated the transportation of food to 95 (51 women, 44 men) elderly and persons with disabilities. In addition, 13 families with specific needs were supported with additional food assistance as a result of a protection assessment.

UNHCR and partner Lutheran World Federation (LWF) received 141 (67 girls, 74 boys) separated children, they were relocated from Yida reception centre to Ajuong Thok and Pamir refugee camps. With the exception of four children who were reunified by their biological parents, all separated children remained in pre-arranged kinship care.

LWF carried out 11 best interest assessments (BIAs) for children at risks, bringing the total to 46 BIAs conducted since January 2019.

Upper Nile

In Maban, UNHCR and South Sudan’s Commission for Refugee Affairs (CRA) verified 1,740 refugees who missed the 2017/2018 Biometric Identity Management System (BIMS) verification exercise in the four refugee camps of Yusuf Batil, Gendrassa, Doro and Kaya.

In Doro refugee camp, UNHCR and partner Save the Children International handed over income generating activities (IGA) supplies to 30 foster parents. The supplies included food and non-food items to facilitate the supplement their family’s income and meet the needs of children under their care.

Across Maban’s four refugee camps, 1,630 children (771 girls, 859 boys) accessed and participated in recreation and psychosocial support activities in 30 child centres. The children played different indoors and outdoors activities which were led by facilitators.

Across Maban’s four refugee camps, UNHCR received 34 SGBV incidents. All the survivors were supported with comprehensive case management services which included referrals to the community-based safe shelter (CBSS), health, legal and child protection partners.

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees