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

HIGHLIGHTS 1-15 March 2019

UNHCR, partners and refugees commemorate International Women’s Day: UNHCR and its partners in collaboration with refugees, host community and IDPs celebrated International Women’s Day on 8 March. The annual event was marked under the theme: Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change. UNHCR and partners organised a series of events, including drama, processions, songs and speeches that recognised the achievements and contributions of displaced women who promote gender equality, social and economic empowerment of women and girls.

UNHCR registers over 1,000 new arrivals of refugees in Unity: During the reporting period, UNHCR registered 1,605 newly arrived Sudanese refugees (820 women, 785 men) from South Kordofan, Sudan. This is a decrease of 28% when compared to the same period in 2018.

UNHCR trains over 100 Parent Teacher Association members in Unity: During the reporting period, UNHCR and partner Lutheran World Federation (LWF) organised a four-day workshop for 133 Parent Teacher Association (PTA) members (55 women, 78 men) from Ajuong Thok and Pamir refugee camps on the PTA’s roles and responsibilities as well as school management skills.

Over 800 refugee and host community pupils receive scholastic materials in Western Equatoria: In Makpandu refugee settlement, UNHCR and partner World Vision International (WVI) distributed assorted scholastic materials to 810 refugee and host community pupils (428 boys, 382 girls) learners. School materials included books, pens, pencils, chalk, cartridge, staplers, paint, paper glue, staple pines, dusters and printing papers.

UNHCR facilitates peaceful coexistence meetings between refugees and host community in Unity: In Pamir refugee camp, UNHCR and its partner Danish Refugee Council facilitated a peaceful coexistence meeting for representatives of the youths, women, and men leaders from the refugee and host communities. As a result, both community representatives hailed the cordial relationship between them which has resulted in easy access to natural resources by refugees.

UNHCR participates in an inter-agency mission for IDP returnees in Western Equatoria: UNHCR participated in an inter-agency rapid needs assessment mission in Gbudue State at 15 towns. The mission assessed the needs of IDP returnees, refugee returnees, and the IDPs in Gbudue State. The participating agencies were OCHA, WFP, UNICEF, INTERSOS, Jesuit Refugee Service, International and Star Trust Organization, and Community Empowerment for Progress Organization. IDP returnees are lacking seeds and agriculture tools for planting season. More findings will be finalized and shared with relevant partners for follow-up.

UNHCR distributes non-food items to nearly 9,000 IDPs in Maban and Yei areas: In Maban, UNHCR and its partner Humanitarian Development Consortium distributed non-food items to 6,148 IDP returnees. Items included plastic sheets, jerry cans, sleeping mats, blankets and kitchen sets to help them re-establish and attain self-reliance. In Yei town, UNHCR and its partner UMCOR distributed non-food items to 2,528 vulnerable IDPs who were recently displaced from nearby villages into Yei town. Items included plastic, kitchen sets, mosquito nets, blankets, sleeping mats, jerry cans, soap and second-hand clothes.

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

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