Current Date:

Wednesday, 02 November 2016

Continuing Flow of S. Sudanese and Other Refugees

Khartoum (Alula Berhe-OCHA ) - The Sudanese Red Crescent Society (SRCS) reports that South Sudanese refugees continue to arrive through Joda, El Mqeins and Kuek border points in White Nile State. About 1,500 South Sudanese (505 households) arrived through the three border entry points between 1 and 15 September bringing the number of new arrivals through these three points to 16,209 individuals (5,828 households) so far this year.
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) reported in its latest update that an increase in the arrival rate of South Sudanese refugees into White Nile State may be expected. This trend has been observed in previous years and usually coincides with the end of the rainy season.  As of 15 September, White Nile hosted 102,961 South Sudanese refugees who have arrived since December 2013. This represents about 41 per cent of all registered South Sudanese refugees in Sudan
In 2016, over 90,000 South Sudanese refugees have arrived in Sudan, of whom about 60 per cent are in East Darfur. The relocation of South Sudanese refugees from Khor Omer camp in Ed Daein, capital of East Darfur State, to the new Kario site (which started on 20 August) is ongoing. Close to 3,500 refugees had voluntarily relocated as of 24 September.
Sudan also hosts significant numbers of Syrian refugees and several thousand Yemeni refugees who have arrived in Sudan over the past few years. According to Government of Sudan estimates, about 100,000 Syrians have arrived in Sudan, predominantly in the greater Khartoum area, since 2011. Since the escalation of conflict in Yemen, UNHCR has recorded a growing number of Yemeni arrivals in Sudan, with 1,334 registered as of the end of August. The Government of Sudan regards Yemeni arrivals as brothers and sisters and visas are not required for their entry. Yemeni arrivals have access to UNHCR assistance and services, including targeted financial assistance to those identified as extremely vulnerable.