Akobo town is located in the eastern side of Akobo County, Jonglei State, close to the land and river border crossings with Ethiopia. Akobo is a key point of trade and transit between South Sudan and Ethiopia.
Since the beginning of the crisis in 2013, this route has been used by South Sudanese heading to or coming back from refugee camps in Ethiopia. In two locations, Tirgol Port and Market Port, REACH has recorded arrivals and departures of South Sudanese on a daily basis since May 2015. In order to provide an indication of wider trends, data is collected on the volume of movement, as well as the motivations and intentions of those travelling. Due to insecurity and other issues, data is not always collected on a daily basis. To correct for this inconsistency, data presented for general movement trends across months represents an average based on the number of days of data collection each month. The data presented here is not representative, rather indicative of movement trends for the assessed population.
The following findings are based on primary data collected between 1 and 31 March 2019. REACH teams interviewed arrivals and departures at the household (HH) level. In March, REACH interviewed 120 HHs who were arriving to Akobo Town from Ethiopia, and 185 HHs who were departing from Akobo town to Ethiopia. An additional 44 HHs were interviewed who were arriving or departing to and from another region in South Sudan.