Juba Crisis: Joint Assesment of Refugees Underway

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The aim of the joint assessment is to ascertain the actual situation on ground, humanitarian needs and way forward to address the population movement from South Sudan.

Government and humanitarian agencies are embarking on an inter-agency rapid assessment of the South Sudan Population Movement.

The aim of the joint assessment is to ascertain the actual situation on ground, humanitarian needs and way forward to address the population movement from South Sudan.

The Decision was arrived at during an interagency stakeholder coordination meeting chaired by the Office of Prime Minister. The agencies to participate in the two day assessment that kicks off today (January 5) are Uganda Red Cross Society, United Nations High Commission for Refugees, World food programme, UNICEF, FAO, Lutheran World Federation and Interaid. Others are HIJIRA, MTI, MSF, and DRC.
 
The teams grouped into two will be coordinated by Office of the Prime Minister. Team 1 will map out Elegu, Adjumani and Moyo while team 2 will cover Kiryandongo, Arua, Koboko and Rhino Camp. The teams will return on 8thJanuary for a debrief at the Prime Minister’s Office.
 
Uganda Red Cross Society in its Saturday (4thJan) disaster response emergency meeting chaired by Interim Secretary General Ken Odur at URCS headquarters resolved to deploy two senior staff for the assessment. URCS is already supporting government in border surveillance, restoration of family links (tracing) and identifying un-accompanied minors from South Sudan.
 
URCS has re-activated its Red Cross Action Teams in Gulu, Arua, Koboko, Yumbe and Moyo to provide support for the South Sudan operations, Catherine Ntabadde, the URCS director of communications says.
 
There are 6, 008 South Sudanese refugees in Adjumani, 4218 in Arua. UNHCR and OPM anticipate an influx of 30, 000 South Sudanese refugees.
 
In Koboko, URCS is running a mini water treatment plant that is serving water to Congolese refugees in Lobule Transit Camp.  Hitherto, refugees would collect water from River Attu which is heavily contaminated.  The URCS treatment plant which purifies water before it is consumed has the capacity to serve 5, 000 refugees in day. It comprises of a water pump, a tank, a tap stand, water purification filters.  The Red Cross has provided jerrycans to the refugees to draw clean water.
 
Bubukwanga camp in Bundibugyo is currently hosting 2, 229 Congolese refugees. URCS which is managing the camp on behalf of UNHCR and Government deployed 60 volunteers to support the operations. In the camp, URCS is in charge of registration of new arrivals from the border points, psychosocial support, preparation and serving hot meals to the refugees, restoration of family links, sanitation and hygiene promotion, managing and storing food from WFP.
 
Another 60 members of Red Cross Action Teams have been put on standby in Bundibugyo should the situation warrant more support.