The International Medical Corps (IMC) has received approval from the Sudanese authorities to provide health and nutrition services in Jebel Marra. The people who fled the violence in Jebel Marra last year and sought refuge in various places in North Darfur continue to receive aid. CARE International-Switzerland (CIS) is supporting access to clean water for refugees, displaced, and host communities in four East Darfur localities. More than 131,000 South Sudanese refugees fled to Sudan in 2016.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Sudan reports in its third weekly bulletin of this year that the IMC, working in Darfur since 2004, has received approval from the Sudanese Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) to start health and nutrition activities in Golo, Boori, and Jokosti in Jebel Marra.
IMC as well obtained permission to start health and nutrition services in Katti and Kurifal in western Jebel Marra.
The activities are funded by the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO).
Continued support for Jebel Marra displaced in North Darfur
The number of people who fled Jebel Marra in 2016 and took refuge in North Darfur remains unchanged at 53,000: in Sortony (21,553), Tawila, (25,283), Kabkabiya town (2,909) and Shaddad camp (3,184).
In Sortony, the Sudanese Red Crescent Society distributed January and February food rations from the World Food Programme to the 21,500 displaced taking refuge in the area. A total of 245,000 litres of water is provided every day.
In Tawila, Médecins Sans Frontières-España started an Outpatient Feeding Therapeutic Programme (OTP) in Rwanda camp for the displaced and rehabilitated the OTP in Tawila Hospital. In addition, the national NGO Balsam will start three nutrition centres in the areas of Dali and Tabit.
The International Organization for Migration distributed 235 emergency shelters to 1,175 vulnerable displaced from Jebel Marra in Shangil Tobaya.
In Kabkabiya, the national NGO KSCS distributed emergency household supplies to 509 people with special needs in January.
Access to clean water for 89,000 people in East Darfur
CARE International-Switzerland (CIS) is rehabilitating 11 water yards in Assalaya, Yassin and Bahr El Arab localities in East Darfur, benefiting about 89,000 refugees, displaced, and their host communities.
The project is funded by the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), the Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), and the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).
According to the 2014 Sudan Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS), 45.1 percent of households in East Darfur State have access to improved water sources, comparing with 68.1 percent of households overall in Sudan.
Over 131,000 South Sudanese refugees arrived in Sudan in 2016
More than 131,000 South Sudanese refugees arrived in Sudan in 2016 — 44 percent of the 297,000 who have arrived in Sudan since mid-December 2013, the highest number of registered new arrivals in a single year, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
The refugees have primarily settled in areas where there are few aid organisations and resources are extremely limited. Humanitarian organisations are concerned about the protection of refugee children, making up over 67 percent of the refugee population. Assisting unaccompanied and separated children remains a key priority in the response to the South Sudanese influx.