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South Sudan Situation: UNHCR Regional Update (1-28 February 2019)

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2,281,982 South Sudanese refugees in the region as of 28 February 2019 (pre- and post-Dec 2013 caseload).

10,405 South Sudanese refugee arrivals in February 2019.

293,966 Refugees in South Sudan and 1.87 million IDPs including 192,521 in UNMISS Protection of Civilians sites.


4.36 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)

2,795,827 2019 Regional RRP Planning figure for the total South Sudanese refugees projected in the region by 31 December

Regional Highlights

  • On Friday, 15th February, the Regional Refugee Coordinator and Special Advisor for the South Sudan situation and the UNHCR South Sudan Deputy Representative met with the Regional Director of IOM in Nairobi. The meeting aimed at exchange views towards the reinforcement of the collaboration between the two agencies in regards to the voluntary repatriation monitoring exercise within South Sudan.
  • The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative in South Sudan, David Shearer, stated that since the signature of the September 2018 Revitalized Agreement of the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan between the South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar to end conflict in the country, political violence has “dropped dramatically.” Despite the fall in political violence, conflict is still ongoing, said Mr. Shearer, pointing to, among others, ethnic violence that has led to killings, and in the South of the country, where the fighters of Thomas Cirilo’s National Salvation Front have been involved in clashes with Government forces.