Sudan: Population & Operational Update: South Sudanese Refugee Response (1 – 28 February 2019)

Support needed for vector control in refugee camps in White Nile State.

Steady rate of new arrivals observed in 2019 so far.

Fuel and cash shortages driving response delays.

Population Update

OVER 3,000 REFUGEES ARRIVED IN SUDAN IN FEBRUARY � The majority of refugees arrived in East Darfur (2,338), followed by West Kordofan (438), South Darfur (259), South Kordofan (235) and White Nile (177). New refugee arrivals in East Darfur and West Kordofan are arriving from Aweil area in Northern Bahr Ghazal State in South Sudan, citing violence, food insecurity and a lack of livelihoods and health services as key drivers for them to cross the border into Sudan. New arrivals to South Kordofan coming from Upper Nile State also cite violence and a lack of livelihoods as their reasons for crossing. Over 6,200 refugees have arrived in Sudan in 2019 so far. Interagency partners have planned for 50,000 new arrivals by the end of the year.

Operational Update

SUSPECTED MEASLES CASES CONTINUE TO BE REPORTED IN WHITE NILE STATE CAMPS � As of 16 February, over 100 cases among both refugee and host communities have been reported in White Nile State camp clinics. The State Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) are leading on surveillance, laboratory support and case management. A measles vaccination campaign originally planned for February is delayed and partners are working with the Ministry of Health to address this. In the meantime, health partners have scaled up routine vaccination and outreach activities in the camps.

UNICEF AND THE STATE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION BUILD NEW REFUGEE SCHOOL AT SIRAJIYA � Construction is underway for the new school, with 8 classrooms and 4 teachers’ offices planned along with gender-segregated latrines. The school will accommodate approximately 500 students. The school site was donated by the locality and is within walking distance of the refugee settlement, which will support the safe travel of children to The new school at Sirajiya settlement is near completion. Photo Credit: UNHCR, February 2019. and from school. There are over 2,100 school-aged refugee children living in Sirajiya settlement, with approximately 350 attending the closest school to the settlement.

EXPANSION OF ACCELERATED LEARNING PROGRAMMES (ALPs) FOR REFUGEE STUDENTS IN YASSIN LOCALITY, EAST DARFUR � UNHCR, COR and Global Aid Hand (GAH) visited Yassin locality in East Darfur with the locality’s Director General of Education with the Ministry of Education to discuss enrolment of South Sudanese refugees in local schools. There are an estimated 500 school-aged refugee children in the locality. The Ministry of Education has recruited Arabic language instructors from the South Sudanese refugee community to support translation of Sudan’s Arabic curriculum into Dinka language. In January, four new ALPs were initiated by GAH, with support from UNHCR and COR on the provision of school supplies and textbooks. The ALPs and the new language support initiatives are intended to facilitate refugee children’s integration into the public school system and strengthen their capacity to complete the national curriculum.

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees