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Democratic Republic of the Congo: UNHCR RD Congo Factsheet – 30 avril 2019

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan

542.978 réfugiés et demandeurs d’asile en RDC, dont 52% de femmes.

99,3% des réfugiés en RDC vivent dans des zones rurales, et 73,5% des réfugiéssont installés hors camps ou sites de réfugiés.

1.111 nouveaux réfugiés sudsoudanais enregistrés en avril 2019.

Activités principales – Réfugiés


  • Le HCR apporte un appui pratique et technique aux autorités nationales, provinciales et locales, notamment à la Commission Nationale pour les Réfugiés (CNR). Le HCR forme des interlocuteurs-clé sur les principes de protection des réfugiés et du droit international. Il collabore avec les autorités nationales sur l’enregistrement biométrique des réfugiés et facilite la délivrance de documents d’identification de réfugiés par les autorités congolaises, ainsi que l’accès à l’enregistrement auprès de l’état civil.

  • Le HCR surveille les arrivées, l’environnement de protection (état de droit, caractère civil de l’asile, accès à la justice, non-refoulement) et les besoins spécifiques, notamment aux frontières et dans les zones d’accueil des réfugiés. Le HCR travaille pour la protection des enfants, notamment à travers l’appui à la détermination de l'intérêt supérieur (BID), et effectue le monitoring de détention.

  • Le soutien et l’assistance individuels sont également fournis, notamment le plaidoyer ainsi que la préparation et la soumission des cas urgents de réinstallation.

  • Le HCR facilite également l’accès à la justice, notamment en soutenant la police dans les zones d’accueil de réfugiés, les audiences foraines et la disponibilité de l’assistance légale.

  • Enfin, le HCR soutient l'accès à la terre pour l'agriculture et le logement, en vue de permettre des alternatives aux camps et de soutenir l'autosuffisance dès que possible.

Uganda: Uganda: Food Assistance Fact Sheet – Updated May 17, 2019

Source: US Agency for International Development
Country: Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda, United States of America

Since gaining independence in 1962, Uganda has provided asylum to people fleein...

South Sudan: UNHCR South Sudan Factsheet – March 2019

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan

Refugees and IDPs received relief packages across South Sudan during the reporting period.

Refugee children were vaccinated against Polio during the first round of National Immunization days in Upper Nile and Unity.

Solar lanterns were distributed to female headed households and persons at risk in Unity.

Working with Partners in 2019

  • UNHCR works closely with the Government of South Sudan to deliver assistance and protection services to refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).
  • In the refugee response, the main government counterparts are the Ministry of Interior and the Commission for Refugee Affairs (CRA). Implementing partners in 2019 are: Action Africa Help International (AAHI), Africa Humanitarian Action (AHA), Association of Christian Resource Organisation Serving Sudan (ACROSS), Agence d'Aide à la Coopération Technique et au Développement (ACTED), CARE International, Danish Refugee Council (DRC), Humanitarian Development Consortium (HDC), International Medical Corps (IMC), International Rescue Committee (IRC), Lutheran World Federation (LWF), Relief International (RI), Samaritan’s Purse (SP), Save the Children International (SCI), United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), and World Vision International (WVI).
  • In the IDP response, the main government counterpart is the Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (RRC). Implementing partners in 2019 are: Action Africa Help International (AAHI), United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), Danish Refugee Council (DRC), Humanity & Inclusion (HI), Humanitarian Development Consortium (HDC), INTERSOS, Nile Hope, Hope Restoration (HRSS), Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and Women Development Group (WDG), IsraAID, and International Rescue Committee (IRC).
  • Within the Inter-Agency Cluster System for IDP response, UNHCR in South Sudan is the Protection Cluster Lead (with NRC co-lead), Co-Lead of the CCCM Cluster along with IOM and ACTED, and undertakes active participation in the Shelter/NFI Cluster.
  • On the prevention of statelessness, UNHCR’s main counterpart is the Directorate of Nationality, Passports, and Immigration (DNPI).
  • UNHCR maintains operational partnerships with CAFOD, Caritas, Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB), FAO, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), MEDAIR, Médecins Sans Frontières (France, Belgium, Swiss, Holland), Mentor Initiative, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), OXFAM, REACH, UNAIDS, UNOCHA, UN-Habitat, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNIDO, UNMAS, UNMISS, WFP, WHO, Women for Women International and UN Women.

Main Activities – Refugee Programme

■ As of 31 March 2019, the refugee population in South Sudan stood at 297,246 individuals, consisting of 68,179 households in 21 different locations across South Sudan. UNHCR registered 2,500 new arrivals and 162 newborn babies mainly from Sudan’s South Kordofan and Blue Nile. Women represent 53% of the total refugee population, while women and children represent 83% of the total refugee population in South Sudan. The Sudanese refugee population remains the largest at 275,160 individuals (93%) followed by Democratic Republic of Congo 15,750 individuals (5%), Ethiopia 4,228 (1%) individuals, Central African Republic 2,015 (1%) and 93 individuals from other nationalities. The majority (91%) of refugees are hosted in Upper Nile and the Unity regions in South Sudan. Compared to February 2019 Monthly Statistics Report (293,966 individuals consisting of 67,520 households), there was an increase of 3,280 individuals. An estimated 1.91 million people are internally displaced in South Sudan. Furthermore, South Sudan hosts 2,656 asylum seekers.

South Sudan: Threads and buttons, not guns and bullets

Source: World Vision
Country: South Sudan

By Zipporah Karani, Communications Officer

Atalia*, a 16-year old former child soldier from South Sudan says, “do your best and learn a technical skill to help you earn more money in the future" addressing a group of children and youth in her community.

Atalia has a lot of well-made skirts and dresses to show off her skills, but she was not always a seamstress.

In 2014, Atalia was abducted and recruited by an armed group in South Sudan. She said she was raped by the commandant of the group, became pregnant and gave birth to a baby girl.

Atalia creates final touches on a skirt she sews by making stitches with needle and thread on a sewing machine during a class session at the vocational training centre.

The abduction ended after three years when Atalia and another three hundred children were released through the South Sudan National Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Programme.

Atalia returned home with her three-year-old baby to learn that her own mother died in child-birth soon after Atalia was taken.

They now live with her aunt.

With support from World Vision, UNICEF and government partners, Atalia has gone to vocational school and is able to have an income from sewing and repairing clothes.
Atalia would much rather hold threads and buttons, than guns and bullets.

World Vision’s social worker Poni who is in charge of her case made sure Atalia received a mattress to sleep on and three-months’ worth of food. She also ensured that she went for her medical screening provided by a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

Poni, World Vision's social worker regularly visits Atalia in school at home to monitor her progress.

“She is a good girl and, if something happens, she now has me to share her concerns with,” says Poni.

Atalia uses the bicycle World Vision gave her to travel between home and vocational school.She graduates from vocational training centre in 2019 and wants to pursue formal education in high school.

Atalia’s reintegration back to her community has been supported by World Vision’s South Sudan Child in Emergency Project in partnership with UNICEF.

*Name was changed to protect her identity.

Written by:
World Vision South Sudan
Communications Co-ordinator
Zipporah Kageha Karani

For more information contact:Communications Co-ordinator Zipporah Kageha Karani.

South Sudan: A child soldier no more

Source: World Vision
Country: South Sudan

By Zipporah Karani, Communications Officer

Zekiah*, a former child soldier, wants to graduate as a well-trained tailor in 2019.
Recently, he joined World Vision’s vocational training centre and this 17-year old young man is excited about the future prospects of making a good income.

At the centre, as well at home, Zekiah consults with World Vision’s social worker who visits to help him heal the scars of his life experience.

Grateful for his second chance in life, Zekiah wants to overcome the past that he still remembers too well.

The vocational training is giving Zekiah a lot of hope for a better future. He can earn better income from it.

He was abducted on his way home from the farm. A gun was pointed at him when all he was carrying were pieces of the cassava plant he had just harvested from a farm. The group that confronted him were armed and out-numbered him.

Zekiah was then only 15 years of age. He was tortured and worked beyond his capacity. He knew that refusing to comply with the demands meant the threat of death.

“They would give children massive luggage of looted properties from people’s home and we usually walked for about five hours carrying them to the camp”, says Zekiah.

After two years, Zekiah was released from captivity through the South Sudan National Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Programme. He came home to find out his mother had passed away soon after he was abducted.

That was Zekiah’s past. Now, he wants a new life.

He wants to also pursue higher education and become an information minister in the government.

Part of World Vision's support for Zekiah is assigning him a social worker to help and guide him in his healing process.

He now lives with an uncle and his five siblings. Zekiah’s reintegration back to his community has been supported by World Vision in partnership with UNICEF.

World Vision’s Child Soldier Reintegration Programme is focused on care and support for children associated with armed forces/armed groups. It includes comprehensive case management, the running of two interim care centres for unaccompanied and separated children as family tracing takes place, and vocational skills training.

*Name was changed to protect the child's identity.

World Vision South Sudan
Communications Co-ordinator
Zipporah Kageha Karani

For more information contact:Communications Co-ordinator Zipporah Kageha Karani

South Sudan: South Sudan: I want to be a teacher

Source: Jesuit Refugee Service
Country: South Sudan
Maban – Basamat Osman Atom was born just a few kilometres away from Maban, in a small market centre known as Jam in Blue Nile State, Sudan. Her story is one of resilience and deep determination.

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South Sudan: IOM South Sudan Monthly Update – March 2019

Source: International Organization for Migration
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan


Insecurity and access issues in Tokori continued to impact IOM’s access to key Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) screening sites. Cattl...

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