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South Sudan Situation: UNHCR Regional Update (1-30 September 2018)

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2,469,552 * South Sudanese refugees in the region as of 30 September 2018 (pre- and post-Dec 2013 caseload).

4,418 * South Sudanese refugee arrivals in September 2018.

300,137 Refugees in South Sudan and 1.96 million IDPs including 197,996 in UNMISS Protection of Civilians sites


4.76 million persons of concern (South Sudanese refugees in the region;
South Sudanese IDPs and refugees in South Sudan)

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

2,677,400 2018 Regional RRP Planning figure for the total South Sudanese refugees projected in the region by 31 December

Regional Highlights

 The mid-year report for the South Sudan Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP), including a regional overview and country level updates, was published by the Regional Refugee Coordination office. Although the refugee influx remained lower leading to a downwards revision of the planning figures of new refugees expected to arrive from South Sudan to Uganda and Sudan, the situation in South Sudan remained highly unpredictable prompting the development of a contingency plan to respond to a worst-case scenario. However, due to underfunding, schools and health centres remained overcrowded, food rations were reduced, with significant lack of semipermanent shelters, and limited investments in livelihoods and environmental projection. The reports are available here.

 On 25th September in Nairobi, Kenya the Regional Refugee Coordinator for the South Sudan Situation and Special Advisor together with the Regional Refugee Coordinator for the Burundi Situation / CRRF Champion hosted an event marking the two year anniversary of the New York Declaration. It corresponded with a high level event on the Global Compact on Refugees hosted by the High Commissioner for Refugees during the same week at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The role of different stakeholders – UN and NGO partners,
World Bank, donors, and private sector was highlighted in the application of the CRRF approach in the region.

 On September 4th, the Regional Refugee Coordinator and Special Advisor for South Sudan situation jointly with UNHCR Sudan office co-hosted with the Government of the Republic of Sudan, a dialogue between a group of 16 South Sudanese refugees from Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Central African Republic (CAR) and the parties and stakeholders of the Revitalized Agreement of Resolution of the Conflict South Sudan (R-ARCSS) and the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD).
The refugees called upon further support from the international community and commitment by the parties to the agreement and their willingness to further engage on raising awareness activities towards the rebuilding of trust within South Sudanese communities and reaching a lasting peace.