UNICEF South Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report and Fact Sheet (Response to the Sudan Crisis): 12 May 2023


UNICEF South Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report and Fact Sheet (Response to the Sudan Crisis): 12 May 2023


Situation Overview:

  • As of 12 May, 2023 over 54,000 individuals crossed into South Sudan fleeing conflict in Sudan, although true figures are expected to higher, due to porous borders and no registration at night.

  • Over 90% of people arriving are South Sudanese and most were registered as refugees in Sudan. Women and girls make up 54% of new arrivals, while men and boys 46%. Over 25,000 (47%) are children.

  • Transportation remains a challenge from border locations with transit sites becoming congested, creating harsh conditions for arrivals and host communities. IOM registered 6,679 individuals for onward transportation from Renk, whilst the Government continued with flights from Paloich to Wau and Juba.

  • Populations are now arriving into Wau, Juba, and Malakal which is being planned as a secondary transit site from Renk where further options for onward transportation and settlement can be provided.

Situation of Children and Communities.

Women and children are highly vulnerable and arriving to South Sudan exhausted, hungry, weak, and dehydrated and many without the means to reach their final destinations. The vulnerability of families arriving is visibly increasing, with high numbers of malnourished as well as those in need of medical attention. Women and children may also be facing access issues in reaching their final destinations or places of origin, as the majority of those arriving at Wau and Juba by flight are observed to be male. Refugees in Juba have started to form queues at UNHCR and The Commission for Refugee Affairs (CRA) premises, whilst The CRA are also proposing to establish new refugee camps in Northern and Western Bahr el Ghazal. With the cost basic commodities soaring and services strained tensions have been observed between host communities and new arrivals including refugees and returnees, as well as with nomadic and pastoralist groups whose movements have been impacted by the conflict. Furthermore, in Renk, youth protests took place due to grievances over services, which caused a temporary suspension of some activities in the transit site.