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Sudan OCHA bulletin 26: More people flee their homes in Blue Nile state

July 2 - 2015 KHARTOUM

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Sudan reports in its latest weekly bulletin that a second wave of some 8,200 displaced from Bau locality to Ed Damazin and El Roseires localities took place on 24 June.

With the movement of 16,300 people on 10 June, the total number of people who fled from Bau locality has reached an estimated 24,500 newly displaced. The reason for the displacement is still unconfirmed.

Most of the newly displaced are women and children. They are in urgent need of food, emergency household supplies, and health services.

The governmental Humanitarian Aid Commission agreed that Unicef and the Sudanese Water, Environment and Sanitation department will verify and assess the needs in Ed Damazin and El Roseires localities. National NGOs and the INGO ADRA are ready to distribute relief supplies to the displaced in both localities.

South Sudanese refugees in Sudan

More than 31,000 South Sudanese refugees arrived in Sudan in June, bringing the estimated total of South Sudanese who sought refuge in Sudan, since fighting erupted in South Sudan in mid-December 2013, to 180,500 refugees.

According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), 7,722 South Sudanese refugees have crossed into White Nile, West and South Kordofan during the last week alone.

In White Nile state, 4,864 refugee children were screened for malnutrition across all sites in the state in June. 60 of them were identified with Severe Acute Malnutrition and 155 with Moderate Acute Malnutrition. All affected children are being treated.

In El Alagaya site, UNHCR delivered 200 tents to decrease current pressure from the influx of new arrivals and protect refugees from exposure to the harsh environmental conditions. Shelter materials have also been delivered to 700 newly arrived households in El Kashafa and El Redis II sites. 

The Sudanese Ministry of Health conducted a measles vaccination campaign in Um Sangor site on 19 June for all South Sudanese children between 9 and 15 years.

UNHCR is currently in discussion with partners to take over running costs for some clinics in White Nile State, as the funds provided by the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) will run out in the end of June. 

Aid delivered in Abu Karinka, East Darfur

 Aid agencies have begun delivering assistance to people affected by tribal conflicts in Abu Karinka town, 50 km northeast of Ed Daein, capital of East Darfur, and El Gidamia village, 25km northeast of Ed Daein.

A recent inter-agency mission reported that 980 homes had been burnt to the ground, with an additional 1,300 homes damaged in Abu Karinka town, affecting an estimated total of 11,400 people. In El Gidamia village, 149 homes were torched, affecting an estimated 800 people. Most of the affected people lost their food stocks as well as their livelihood sources.

The World Food Programme (WFP) has sent 235 metric tons of emergency food all affected households in Abu Karinka and El Gidamia.

Newly displaced in Guldo, northern Jebel Marra, receive emergency supplies

UNHCR and the Danish Refugee Council have finished the distribution of emergency shelter and household supplies to 7,800 newly displaced in Central Darfur’s Guldo town.

With the completion of this distribution, the 16,200 newly displaced people in Guldo have now all received emergency shelter and household supplies.

According to aid organisations, there are still gaps in water and sanitation services, reproductive health services, and a need for skilled medical staff in the town clinic. 

WFP voucher programme in El Geneina locality, West Darfur 

WFP is implementing a commodity voucher programme covering nearly 70,000 people in nine camps for the displaced in West Darfur’s El Geneina locality. The beneficiaries receive six food commodities, mainly millet, sorghum, groundnut oil, pulses, sugar and salt, totalling 8.4 kg per person.

In addition to providing food assistance to the most vulnerable, the commodity voucher programme aims to stimulate the local economy by increasing the production and procurement of locally-produced staple commodities.

The programme is implemented through 37 local traders in El Geneina’s main market, contributing an average of $500,000 to the local economy each month. It also decreases delays in delivery of assistance and ensures the maximum transfer of donor funds to people in need, due to the reduction in delivery costs.

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