Kapoeta town is located in Kapoeta South County, Eastern Equatoria State, near South Sudan’s border with Kenya. Since the beginning of the crisis in South Sudan in December 2013, Kapoeta town has been the gateway through which most internally displaced persons (IDPs) have passed on their way to refugee camps in Kenya.
This factsheet provides results from the REACH road monitoring exercise in Kapoeta town, Kapoeta South County. REACH monitors two bus/car parks in Kapoeta town to record the arrivals and departures of South Sudanese returnee and IDP households (HHs) on a daily basis. Daily data is synthesized into a monthly factsheet to provide an overview of wider movement trends, including push/pull factors and intentions.
The following findings are based on primary data collected between 1 and 28 February 2019, during which 220 departing HHs (581 individuals) and 40 arriving HHs (102 individuals) were recorded, along with 201 HHs (795 individuals) that were transiting through Kapoeta town.1 Enumerators interviewed respondents who were arriving in and departing from both of Kapoeta town’s two (Torit and Lokichogio) bus/car parks.
Respondents were selected based on pre-survey questions on motives of travel to ensure that only displaced people or returnees were interviewed. Not all entry points to Kapoeta town were covered systematically, and some arrivals and departures reportedly took place outside of data collection hours (7:00 a.m – 7:00 p.m).
Moreover, departures are over-represented due to many arrivals getting off buses early due to the matatu system.2 As such, the data presented in this factsheet is not representative, rather indicative of movement trends for the assessed population.