• Sudan hosts 906,000 refugees – the 8th largest refugee population in any given country, according to UNHCR.
• HAC in Kass, South Darfur reported that an estimated 2,150 people have been displaced from parts of Jebel Marra and arrived in Kass town since May due to fighting.
• A new report by GIEWS raised concerns over 2018 cropping season due to shortages and high prices of fuel and agricultural inputs.
• WFP shift to cash assistance in Otash camp since 2016 benefits IDPs.
# people in need in Sudan (2018 HNO)
# people in need in Darfur (2018 HNO)
GAM caseload (2018 HNO)
South Sudanese refugees
Total 766,064 Pre-2013 352,212 Post-2013 413,852 (UNHCR 15 June 2018)
Other refugees and asylum seekers 153,620 UNHCR (31 Jan 2018)
294 million US$ received in 2018
28% funded (FTS, as of 10 June 2018)
Host of 8th global refugee population – Sudan needs more support - UNHCR
Urgent funds are needed to support some 1.2 million refugees and host communities in Sudan today, said a joint statement on World Refugee Day (20 June) by Sudan’s Commission for Refugees (COR) and the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), called for. With 84 per cent of its refugee population stemming from South Sudan, funding for the South Sudanese refugee response in Sudan is at 8 per cent of the US$327 million required for 2018, according to the South Sudanese refugee response data portal.
“On behalf of the refugees and host communities in Sudan, we are grateful for contributions, and we urge donors to step up funding to allow these communities safety and dignity until circumstances allow for the return to their home countries,” said Ms. Noriko Yoshida, UNHCR’s Country Representative.
Coinciding with UNHCR’s 50th anniversary in the country, the joint statement highlighted Sudan’s ranking as the eighth global refugee host. Additional asylum seekers and refugees come from Eritrea, Syria, and Yemen, among others. The statement commended the country’s historical and continuous hospitality to refugees over the last five decades. “With most refugees [in Sudan] living out of camps, especially South Sudanese refugees,
I would like to recognize the role played by local communities, who are often the first to help refugees and returnees upon arrival,” said Ms Yoshida.
In the run-up to World Refugee Day, UNHCR released on 19 June its flagship annual Global Trends Forced Displacement Report 2017, an analysis of the changes in UNHCR’s populations of concern, geared towards deepening public understanding of ongoing crises. UNHCR counts and tracks the numbers of refugees, internally displaced people, people who have returned to their countries or areas of origin, asylum-seekers, stateless people and other populations of concern to UNHCR.
Some 68.5 million people worldwide were forcibly displaced by the end of 2017, including 25.4 million refugees, 40 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) and 3.1 million asylum-seekers, said UNHCR. Among these are 16.2 million people displaced in 2017, either for the first time or repeatedly – equivalent to a little over three times the population of Khartoum state, or 44,500 people being displaced each day, or a person becoming displaced every two seconds.