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South Sudan Situation: UNHCR Regional Update (May – June 2018)

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2,488,756* Total South Sudanese refugees in the region as of 30 June (preand post-Dec 2013 caseload)

7,557* South Sudanese refugee arrivals in June, based on field reports as of 30 June

297,150 Refugees in South Sudan and 1.88 million IDPs including 210,545 in UNMISS Protection of Civilians sites.


63% of the South Sudanese refugee population are children (under the age of 18 years old)

4.66 million Total population of concern (South Sudanese refugees,
South Sudanese IDPs and refugees inside South Sudan)

3,135,000 2018 Regional RRP Planning figure for the total South Sudanese refugees projected in the region by 31 December 2018.

Regional Highlights

  • On 27th June, the warring parties of South Sudan signed a Declaration of Principles, known as Khartoum Peace Agreement on South Sudan. The declaration included a commitment to revise the bridging proposal prepared by Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and stated a cease fire to be declared and enter into force within 72 hours of signing the declaration.

  • UNHCR’s Regional Refugee Coordinators (RRCs) for the South Sudan was invited by the US Ambassador, H.E. Robert F. Godec, to jointly brief Ambassadors and Heads of delegations on the needs of South Sudanese and Burundian refugees, on 4th May. The briefing focused on recent developments of the forced displacement situation and provided information on some of the most significant challenges and opportunities faced by UNHCR operations in the region.

  • The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) led High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) Phase II was held from 17 to 23 May 2018. Nine South Sudanese representatives from the country of asylum participated in the discussions.

  • The Regional Refugee Coordinator and Special Advisor for the South Sudan Situation, Mr. Arnauld Akodjenou, carried out a resource mobilization mission to some donor’s capitals (London, Paris, Berlin), in May and June. It aimed at fostering visibility to the dire situation of the South Sudanese crisis and bolster political and economic support to the crisis.

  • The Regional Refugee Coordination office convened a workshop from 25-26 June to develop a plan towards enhancing the visibility and resource mobilization for the South Sudan situation. The aim was to foster a coherent regional narrative of the crisis both by humanitarians, national and international entities and highlight the impact of underfunding on neglected refugee crises in the region through effective communications.

  • On June 9th, TEdxKakuma was held in Kakuma refugee camp as the first TEDx event hosted in a refugee camp, with refugees and also for refugees. The event covered stories of refugees including South Sudanese, offering a different lens into the reality of life as a refugee, away from the images of devastation and suffering, and towards stories of resilience, contribution and creativity.
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