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Uganda: South Sudan Situation UNHCR Operational Update (1 - 31 December 2017)

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3,159 South Sudanese refugees arrived in Uganda between the 1st and 31st of December at an average daily rate of 103. The number of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda is 986,140. Refugees continue to report fighting between armed groups, violence and sexual assault, worsening food insecurity and lack of basic services as reasons for fleeing South Sudan. Heavy rains have disrupted the Refugee response in West Nile, Causing damage to infrastructure and property and adversely affecting delivery of services to refugees.


  • 3,159 Number of new arrivals between the 01st and 31st of December 2017
  • 103 Daily average of new arrivals between the 01st and 31st of December 2017
  • 986,140 Total South Sudanese refugees and asylum seekers in Uganda as of 31st of December 2017

Update on achievements

Operational Context

The number of new arrivals remained relatively low, in the regions covered by the Arua and Adjumani operations. The trend showed a decline, from 3471 in November to 3159 at the end of December 2017. UNHCR and its partners carried on providing protection and assistance to refugees, and remained poised to adjust their operations in the event that the number of new arrivals increased. Insecurity, hunger, malnutrition, lack of access to livelihood opportunity and access to basic services in South Sudan may continue to force displacements. However, the overall situation in the Greater Equatorials in South Sudan represents a continuous concern, as insecurity persist.