Refugee response update: UNHCR and partners provide assistance to over 181,000 flood-affected people
Flood response: As of 1 October, UNHCR and partners have reached more than 181,000 flood-affected people with emergency relief items. About 27 per cent of the people assisted are refugees, 24 per cent are IDPs and the rest are people from the host communities. UNHCR and partners continue to deliver non-food items such as mosquito nets, kitchen sets, plastic sheeting, blankets, and sleeping mats to flood-affected people across nine states, including Red Sea and Blue Nile.
Malaria cases continue to increase in East and South Darfur: In East Darfur, the State Ministry of Health (SMoH) reported more than 2,100 malaria cases over the past week, marking a 10 per cent increase compared to the previous week’s under 1,900 reported cases. UNHCR has initiated vector control in Ed Daein, El Ferdous, Al Nimir and Kario refugee camps. Refugees also have access to anti-malaria drugs that have been distributed to partners by the SMoH. UNHCR and health partners are working on a strategy to contain the outbreak.
Biometric registration resumes after suspension in White Nile: In White Nile State, UNHCR observed an increase in the number of new arrivals from South Sudan (mostly from Jonglei and Upper Nile States) in Alagaya and Dabat Bosin camps. The newly arrived refugees mentioned inter-ethnic clashes, flooding and famine as the main reasons of their flight. Since March 2020 when the COVID-19 lockdown was declared, more than 16,000 South Sudanese have arrived in Sudan. This has further stretched the limited services, such as water supply, latrines and health services, in the camps. In addition, after several months of suspension due to COVID-19, biometric registration has resumed in agreement with the office of the Sudan Commissioner of Refugees (COR). It is expected that biometric registration will reduce the risk of recyclers and improve the quality of service delivery, especially for new arrivals.
UNHCR has started a birth registration campaign targeting approximately 1,000 refugee children in White Nile State. So far over 380 children have been registered in Alagaya camp. Funding gaps in registration may leave many children without a birth certificate and lead to families receiving inadequate food rations and non-food-items (NFI) support from agencies, which is based on registered household size.
Over 550 refugee students, including 200 girls and over 350 boys, are sitting for the Sudan secondary school Grade 3 examinations in Kosti and El Jabalain localities, White Nile State, running from 13-24 September. The number of students taking the exam has increased by more than 50 per cent compared to the previous year. UNHCR in partnership with the Ministry of Education is supporting their transport and accommodation. In addition, WFP is providing food assistance, while the SMoH is carrying out COVID-19 prevention awareness and disinfecting examination centres and dormitories.
In Kassala, UNFPA supported the creation of two GBV protection groups in Kilo 26 refugees and Elgirba locality. The newly established groups will empower and strengthen the community-based mechanisms to prevent violence, abuse and exploitation during emergencies including the current flood response.