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UNHCR South Sudan Situation: Bi-Weekly Ethiopia Situational Report, 16 – 30 September 2017

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73,307 South Sudanese arrivals between 1 January and 30 September 2017

416,886 Total South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia as of 30 September 2017


  • All the estimated 30,000 new arrivals, who crossed into Ethiopia over the past weeks through the Gambella Region, were relocated to the extension site in Nguenyyiel camp.

  • Of those relocated to Nguenyyiel camp, 8,095 underwent preliminary registration during the reporting period. This brings the total number of South Sudanese refugees who have arrived in Ethiopia since January 2017 to 73,307.

  • Many of the recent arrivals brought with them large heads of livestock and most were largely unwilling to relocate to Gure-Shombola Camp in the Benishangul-Gumuz Region.

  • 65% of the total registered new arrivals since September 2016 are children, including 23,203 unaccompanied and separated children.

  • 85% of all the new arrivals since September 2016 originated from Upper Nile State (Maiwut, Jotome and Nasir Counties); 12% came from Jonglei State (Uror, Akobo and Ayod Counties) and the remaining 3% fled from the Unity State.

  • Since the start of the relocation from Pagak (Gambella) to Gure -Shombola camp (Assosa) in May 2017, a total of 3,223 refugees were relocated in 15 convoys including 64 refugees who were relocated on 16 September 2017.

  • As of 30 September 2017, Ethiopia hosted 416,886 South Sudanese refugees, including 73,307 who arrived since January this year.