Weekly SitRep_ UNHCR South Sudan by leader6

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									                                    UNHCR Southern Sudan Update
                                        21-27 March, 2010

I. Update from Torit Office
   On Tuesday 23 March, SOT participated in the regular health sector coordination meeting at the
    Ministry of Health. The issue of concern was the launch of the polio eradication campaign in the State
    to take place between 29 and 31 March. The launch at state level will be celebrated on 29 March in
    Torit. Also discussed was the very difficult sanitation situation at the Torit Hospital with its watsan
    structures collapsed. In this regard, SOT shared a proposal with ODR Juba for an intervention in this
    regard, given that the Torit Hospital is located in a main returnee area and is the main health facility
    in the State. On this occasion, SOT shared with the DG an update on its health activities in the state,
    particularly on the status of the health facilities completed by ACROSS in Magwi County. A report in
    this regard was received afterwards from FO Nimule and will be shared with the DG of Health
    shortly. SOT also informed the DG on the frequent absence of staff from the Ifuto PHCC with the DG
    promising to follow-up. The DG also informed SOT that medicine was delivered to the PHCC in
    Hillieu, although at this time the facility would need to continue running on volunteers as SMOH has
    no staff available.
   On Wednesday 24 March, SOT chaired the monthly PWG. A number of concerns were discussed,
    including security related concerns in some areas affected by tribal conflict. UNMOs provided an
    update on the situation in Lotukei, Budi County highlighting the absence of school and health
    facilities as well as of medicine in the area. SOT will bring the matter to the attention of DG of health.
    Also highlighted were reports of rape in the area, given the presence of barracks. A number of
    concerns were also received from the Nimule office to be shared during the PWG. The info on
    absence of ARV treatment was shared with the HIV/AIDS Commission promising to look into the
    situation.
   On 25 March, SOT Field Monitor joined UNDP Rule of Law Officer to Nimule to assist in the
    facilitation of training for the police organized by FO Nimule. UNPOL staffs were unable to travel on
    short notice although they will explore the possibility of having a long range patrol to Nimule in
    April, during which they would be able to deliver some training to the police and other local
    authorities.
   A report on the HIV/AIDS awareness-raising sessions and the creation of peer education
    groups in rural areas of Torit County in February 2010 was shared with ODR. SOT
    recommends continuing these activities, expanding them to other rural areas beyond Torit
    County and also expanding the theme to cover general sanitation concerns, given the poor
    sanitation standards (or lack of sanitation) in the area.

II. Overview of major developments
Elections:
 The President of Southern Sudan H.E. Salva Kiir Mayredict visited Yambio on 22 March. During his
    visit he addressed a political rally at the GBUDUE Stadium. Accompanied by Yasir Saeed Arman,
    SPLM candidate for president of Sudan; Deputy Secretary Dr Riek Machar, Secretary General Pagan
    Amum, Kiir’s campaign manager Dr. Samson Kwaje and Deng Alor, Anthony Makana among other
    senior SPLM dignitaries, he also travelled to Tambura and Western Bal Ghazar the following day.
    During this visit, the Governor of Western Equatorial State pointed out LRA threats during the
    election. Responding, H.E.Salva Kiir promised to pua an end to the LRA atoricities. He also
    cautioned the people of WES to abstain from violence and tribal differences during the campaign and
    election days as all the political parties had signed electoral code of conduct.

Security:
 On 22 March, at about 17.30hrs, a convoy of two UN vehicles returning from a security assessment
   mission were stopped and detained at the Rokon check point by SPLA soldiers and SSPS policemen
   in Juba. The agency FSO intervened and the convoy proceeded.
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   On 23 March at about 14:47hrs during the political campaign of National Congress Party (NCP) at
    Ayod County in Jonglei state, two men suspected to be under the influence of alcohol reportedly
    snatched guns from police personnel drafted to the campaign ground. Two policemen were said to
    have been fired and sustained injury. The policemen were evacuated to Ayod Hoaspital and
    responding to treatment.
   On 23 March at 22:00hrs there was fireoutbreak at SAF/JIU camp, located within the Upper Nile
    State University area. Thirteen (13) Tukuls were reportedly affected, no loss of lives. Several
    explosions were heard from the burning tukols. Cause of the incident unknown. The location is close
    to the UNHCR in Malakal.
   On 24 March at 15:30hrs, inter tribal clash erupted in Boma between Jie tribe and Murle tribe due to
    incessant cattle raiding by the Murle from Labarab village resulted in the attacked of Jie tribe and
    unknown number of cattle were reportedly raided. The incident recorded one (1) Jie person killed and
    one (1) a Murle wounded. No reports of cattle have been recovered whilst the Wildlife Conservation
    Services (WCS) base in Boma Payam reported that one (1) Wildlife personnel was wounded in the
    cross firing. The wonded person was taken to Merlyn Clinic in Boma.
   On 24 March at about 17:20hrs Interclan fighting erupted near main market in Nasser County,
    resulting in the shooting of one juvenile. Cause of incident was attributed to unfavorable judgment by
    a magistrate court in a case of a pregnant girl of 17yrs old from Chiekuek clan by a man whose
    identity could not be established from Dording Payam in Chieminyal clan.
   On 25 March, UNMIS Bentiu Security have received information that at around 1500 hrs, Dinka
    (Warrab) have attacked SPLA in Mobol (grazing area) - Rhitnybul Payam/Mayom County, resulted
    one death private SPLA in Mobol area.

III. Operations update

Refugees:
 Statistics: The estimated number of refugees in South Sudan now stands at 24,325. UNHCR
   registered refugees are 17,167 in total of whom 4,894 are Ethiopian Anuak in Pochalla, Malakal and
   Juba; 6,184 Congolese in Lasu settlement and 6,087 Congolese in WES as well as 2 Central Africans.
 Anuak refugees: 10 cartons of Baby Kits (80 sets) were distributed to ACROSS to assist new born
   babies in Lologo Camp
 Congolese Refugees: (WES) New arrival of 13 households/ 32 individuals in Makpandu has been
   registered.
 Intensive and continuous efforts are on-going to relocate refugees from S/Yubo and other scattered
   and isolated locations/ sites to Makpandu where most of the required basic services are available.
   UNHCR Yambio has almost succeeded in persuading the S/Yubo refugees to relocate to Makpandu,
   but there seem to be some unknown forces who are with the notion that by keeping refugees with
   them, they stand to gain something. These unknown forces seem to be confusing and misleading the
   refugees.
 UNHCR Yambio distributed 12 Free Voice Radios to refugee leaders in Makpandu and Ezo (6 in
   each settlement) to encourage them for voluntary services they have been providing to the refugee
   population.
 In Ezo, a field mission comprised of INTERSOS, WVI and UNHCR is on ground for food
   distribution to refugees and IDPs. The team is expected to distribute food for March and April due to
   electoral calendar in April 2010. 25 women received counselling. 5 family latrines have been
   completed and 6 more latrines are under construction.
 In Makpandu, Intersos Counsellor together with 2 community Mobilisers identified 25 most
   vulnerable individuals (14 female). 2 SGBV cases, abused by their husbands have been reported. 285
   individuals received seeds of cabbage, onions, carrots and amaretto. 15 refugees received internal
   travel permits issued by Bangasu Payam Administration. 256 households and 308 students received
   hygiene awareness in the market and the primary school.
 UNHCR Yei completed the verification exercise in Lasu refugee settlement. The new population
   figures are 6,184. The verification has resulted in a decrease of 1,983 (24.3%) individuals, consisting
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    of 629 households (27.3%). Refugees will be informed of the impending reduction of food rations in
    a year’s time and livelihood projects, mainly agriculture, will be intensified to promote self reliance.
   7 boreholes, constructed by UMCOR with BPRM funding, have been completed. 428 patients
    attended the Clinic. 25 pregnant mothers attended the Antenatal care services. Six deliveries were
    conducted. 36 children attended nutritional screening activities. Two were new cases.
   The Agricultural Group members have prepared the demonstration plot at the settlement in readiness
    for transplanting vegetables.

IDPs:
 On March 24, 2010, UNHCR in Bor in collaboration with WFP, SSRRC and UNMIS/RRR
   participated in the verification exercise of IDPs at Pariak payam. Total numbers of persons verified
   were 146 HH with 664 (311 male and 353 female). The returnees are part of the Awarial caseload. At
   the end of the verification, 1650 individuals received food assistance on March 24, 2010 from WFP.

Repatriation:
 During the reporting period, 120 refugees were assisted to return, bringing a total number of returnees
   assisted since the beginning of 2010 to 423.
 6 self assisted returnees were flown from Egypt by IOM to Yambio, their final destination. In
   addition, 1 self assisted returnee from Cameroon, and 1 from Uganda were received.
 On 24 March, a total of 72HHs/217 assisted returnees (including one self-assisted returnee) was
   received by UNHCR in Nimule from Adjumani. The returnees were verified by UNHCR Nimule. 49
   HHs/141 Pax received NFIs, FIs, transport and reintegration cash grant at Nimule way station and
   were dispersed within Magwi, Pageri and Mugali Payams. 21 HHs/74 Pax received NFIs, transport
   and reintegration cash grant and dispersed within Nimule without Food items due to limited food
   items on ground.
 Final date to receive refugee returnees from Sherkole refugee camp in Ethiopia is still not fixed due to
   finalizing the cash grant distribution point. On the preparation side by UNHCR in Malakal at Maban,
   enough NFIs have been brought from Pagak to Maban and necessary coordination for food has been
   done with WFP. Operational SOPs have been developed and shared with UNHCR in Juba. As per the
   initial manifest 83 familiies/280 individuals are expected to return for the first time under the cash
   grant repatriation scheme from Sherkole camp Ethiopia via Kurmuk to Sudan.

Protection:
 Two Ethiopian asylum seekers (new ICs) were attended to by UNHCR in Juba for preliminary
   interviews.
 Two vulnerable Congolese refugees (old caseload in Juba) were assessed and supported by UNHCR
   Juba with NFI after the last rains pulled their shelter down and damaged a number of household items.
 The Juba based protection officer undertook a mission to the Uganda border to conduct an assessment
   of a Ugandan influx of “development” refugees into Lainya County, CES. It would appear the group
   is of no major concern to UNHCR.
 UNHCR Malakal completed 3 village assessments and carried out returnee monitoring activities also
   in Longichuk and Maiwut counties. No protection issues which required immediate intervention were
   brought to the attention during the monitoring/assessment. Social aspects of reintegration process
   reported encouraging, while availability of basic social services reported lacking in some locations.
 UNHCR Nimule conducted village assessment in two villages of Lomariti Boma in Lobone Payam to
   find out the current living conditions of returnees in terms of physical infrastructures and available
   services provided. The major findings were in the field of health, school, water and sanitation and
   finding out other general protection issues. In addition, UNHCR conducted 2 days training workshop
   for the Police Force, Prison, Chiefs and Immigration officers on Police conduct, rule of Law and
   Human Rights.
 UNHCR Bor protection conducted a mission to Pibor County from 22 to 25 March to carry out
   Community Based Protection Training (CBPT) and village Assessment. 49 persons attended the
   training. Villages Assessment was carried out simultaneously in three different Payams and three
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    Bomas of Pibor County. The main protection risks identified were: the lack of water, poor health
    facilities and Education.
   A two-day-long CBPT refresher workshop with 40 participants from Ngepo Payam, Kajo Keji
    targeting Payam and Boma Administrators, chiefs, sub-chiefs, religious leaders, women and youth
    representatives took place on 25 to 26 March and main dominated issues were poor justice system at
    local level as well as by law enforcing agents, domestic violence, forced/early marriages as fueled by
    family neglect, poverty and alcoholism.
   UNHCR Malakal conducted two Community Based Protection Trainings in Malual and Mathiang
    Payam in Longichuk County for total 90 participants representing government officials, chiefs, school
    teachers, SSRRC staff, women and youth.
   On 22 March, UNHCR in Juba participated in a meeting of the SCR 1612 Sub-Task Force, which
    main role is to follow up on the establishment of monitoring and reporting mechanisms on children
    affected by conflict.
   On 25 March, UNHCR in Juba attended a one-day UNGRASS (United Nations General Assembly
    Special Session) validation workshop organised by SSAC (South Sudan Aids Commission) to review
    and edit a report recently compiled by SACC on the situation of HIV/Aids in Southern Sudan.
   On 25 March, UNHCR, in representation of the consortium of agencies funding the GBV/Protection
    Study, met with the legal advisor of the Ministry of Gender and agreed on a final version for the MoU
    to be signed between the Ministry and all partners.

Programme/ Reintegration:
 Second MFT 2011 COP/CNA meeting was held at ODR Juba on 23 to 24 March to discuss and agree
   on the Goals, Right Groups, Objectives and Outputs for each PPG.
 The IGAD contribution for HIV/AIDS related activities in Kajo Keji was reduced from the initial
   USD 376,000 to USD 137,000 representing a reduction of 63.6%. The project is jointly implemented
   by UNHCR, SSAC and SUHA. A further discussion between UNHCR and the implementing partners
   was held to review the plan and resubmitted a proposal commensurate to the level of available
   funding. This necessitated a revision of the IBT to reflect the changes.
 LoMIs with NRC and IRC were concluded and first installments were remitted. Minor revision on
   SSRRC budget was made on the basis of the recent discussion held with Deputy Chairperson where
   he agreed with UNHCR's proposal to directly release funds to State SSRRC offices through UNHCR
   respective Field Offices. This is one step forward in ensuring that funds are reaching the State Offices
   in a timely manner. With this arrangement, SSRRA offices in WES, CES, EES, Jonglei and UNS will
   receive funds directly from UNHCR offices in the respective states. The remaining five states where
   UN HCR has no presence, will receive their share from SSRRC/HQ in Juba.
 2010 UNHCR/WFP joint work plan was forwarded to WFP for their comment. Inputs for
   FOA/UNHCR MOU were also provided and waiting for FAO feedback. A meeting was held with
   WFP for pre-positioning of food to way station however, due to limited trucks at WFP it was agreed
   that UNHCR will provide trucks to transport 200mts of food to Torik, Nimule, Yei and KajoKeji
   from 29 March.
 UNHCR in Juba has received following project proposals from the field offices: 1) a construction of
   police post in Napere/Ezo, 2) a renovation of the watsan service at the Torit hospital, 3) rehabilitation
   of primary schools and peace education in Yei.
 UNHCR Return/Reintegration unit in Juba is working with program unit on allocation of $300,000 to
   field offices for 2010 reintegration projects.
 On 24 March, World TB Day, UNHCR joined other stakeholders from MOH, UN agencies and
   NGOs in commemoration of the day with special events organized in Juba and other states as part of
   awareness raising on issues related to TB prevention and control.
 UNHCR Kajo Keji carried out to two livelihood projects; St Emmanuel returnees’ women group and
   Kansuk survivors of violence group on 23 and 25 March respectively. Basic counselling on business
   management and conflict resolution was offered as a way to improve the cohesion of its members.
 On 22 March UNHCR Kajo Keji upon receipt of the blood group reagent and ARV’s from Juba
   handed it over to the hospital
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   TTI: A Japanese Ambassador who has recently arrived in Sudan visited TTI site in Juba on 23 March.
    JICA Representative, UNHCR Senior Desk Officer, and ODR Juba Senior Programme Officer also
    accompanied the visit at the site. The official TTI project extension request letter will be sent to
    Embassy of Japan on 29 March while the Embassy of Japan in principle agreed to it.
   Two subsequent meetings were held with JEN to finalize the budget for 2010. A final budget of USD
    569,460 was agreed with JEN to ensure the completion of the construction of the three primary
    schools attached to the NTTI. JEN is expected to complete the works by end August 2010.

IV. External relations
   Mr. George Charpenter, a new DSRSG, paid his first visit to Juba following his recent appointment to
    the new function. On 25 March, he had a meeting with the UNCT in Juba. In his remarks, he
    highlighted the importance for UN agencies in the South Sudan to be ready for the “autonomous”
    presence as part of the post-referendum arrangements. He also traveled to Malakal where he visited
    UNHCR Malakal way station where Anuak refugees were accommodated.
 UNHCR filming crew launched activities in Magwi and interviewed returnees repatriated by UNHCR
    and targeted by CBRPs on 26 March. The crew will spend 4 days to produce a documentary film
    highlighting UNHCR activities within repatriation and reintegration operations, current situating of
    returnees their plans and future expectations.

V. Funding
 ECHO submission for 2010/2011 amounting to Euro 1,600,000 (Confirmed by ECHO Juba) was
   revised and agreed with ECHO Technical Assistant based in Juba.

VI. Administration
 Mr. Greg Balke, Snr. Protection arrived in Juba on 23 March for 2 month mission. The mission of
    the Senior Protection Officer will assist the UNHCR Office in Juba to develop a strategic plan for
    greater UNHCR engagement in protection coordination in the South - with particular attention to
    linkages with UNMIS - as well as greater UNHCR engagement in IDP operations.




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