Refugee Crisis Needs Humanitarian And Political Support – UNHCR

This article was last updated on May 25, 2022

“My appeal to the international community is really to be able to express to the refugees and to the host communities who are able to show solidarity to the refugees,” Gutterres said.

“All the organizations working in South Sudan need financial support but also need political support in order to make sure that political solutions are found,” he added. 

Nearly 200,000 Sudanese refugees have arrived in South Sudan since the war between the Sudanese government and former South Sudan’s army rebel now SPLM-North started mid last year.

Antonio who on Thursday visited one of the populated camps, Yida in Unity State hosting at least 60,000 refugees described the situation “challenging.”

He pointed out that, despite efforts of humanitarian aid organizations; shelter, water and sanitation mainly basic necessities still remain the key challenges to the refugees.

He said most of the camps are in border with Sudan and are in danger of insecurity as Yida was once bombed by Sudanese air forces in previous months this year.

Antonio said the refugee crisis in South Sudan “is one of the most challenging refugee operations in the world.”

“We are dealing with very remote locations without infrastructure and especially during the rainy season,” he said. 

He pointed out that aid organization face logistical problems as everything has to be transported by air.

He also urged for the intervention of the international community on the Sudan government and Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile crisis.

Antonio met senior South Sudanese government officials including President Salva Kiir and was very thankful on the commitment of the government in hosting the refugees.

He urged for full protection of the refugees from activities of armed personnel.

This is the second visit paid by the Commissioner to South Sudan in ten months time.

Other agencies exclusively anticipated for increased humanitarian situation in South Sudan next year.

The UN office Coordinator of Humanitarian Affairs OCHA in its released statement mid this week said by the end of 2013 if the civil war in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile States has not stopped, the number of refugees in South Sudan is expected to hit 350,000.

So far he said by the end of this year the operations on addressing the refugee crisis in South Sudan will cost $140million US Dollars and said with anticipated increase of the crisis next year; UNHCR will expect doubling of the cost of operation to address the situation.

UNHCR anticipates two surges in refugee arrivals over the coming months based on seasonal circles and movement trend over the past year.

The first surge is expected from now until January, with the onset of the dry season and the likely resumption of military activities in Southern Kordofan and the second surge is projected in May and June, before the rain set in again.

Humanitarian organizations anticipate that, 350,000 refugees will be hosted in South Sudan by the end of 2013 with the large majority from Sudan.

UNHCR has also estimated that there are 7,000 refugees from different countries including from Sudan currently living in Juba, surviving on dwindling savings and jobs such as selling food and construction works.

UN said nearly 200,000 refugees mainly Sudanese have been camped in camps being hosted in Unity State, South Sudan displaced from the mentioned Sudanese States as a result of the civil war that broke since mid last year between the government there and rebel group SPLM-North.

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