UNHCR Commemorates World Refugee Day
World Refugee Day was commemorated across various refugee camps and settlements in South Sudan. In Juba, UNHCR organised the celebration of World Refugee day at Representation office. The occasion was well attended by senior government officials including the Minister of Interior, donors, partners, some UN agencies as well as refugees and members of the public. Highlights of the event included speeches by the UNHCR Representative in South Sudan, Johann Siffointe, and Deputy Commissioner for Refugee Affairs (CRA) and the Minister of Interior. The celebrations included, music performances and dancing. Also, the celebrations provided an opportunity for refugees to showcase their dances to the general public.
UNHCR Commences Biometric in Gendrassa camp, Upper Nile: In Gendrassa refugee camp, UNHCR commenced the Biometrics Identity Management System (BIMS) verification exercise. Up to date, 705 families comprising of 3,296 refugees have been verified of which 3,114 individuals remain active. 916 ID cards were issued to refugees of 16 years and above.
UNHCR reopens In-Service Training in Upper Nile: In Maban County, UNHCR’s partner Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) reopened the in-service Teacher Training programme to further enhance the capacity of the teachers in the refugee and host community schools. As a result, 44 (6 women, 38 men) including 32 from refugees and 12 host community teachers were enrolled in Aruppe Learning Centre. It is the highest enrolment compared to the 2016/ 2017 lot of 26 who sat and completed in the same course.
UNHCR distributed core relied items to IDPs in Western Equatoria: In Tombura, UNHCR distributed core relief items to 10,123 IDPs. Items included blankets, sleeping mats and plastic sheets. IDPs fled their areas of origin Nagero County and Deim Zubeir in Western Bahr el Ghazal following attacks by armed groups on 17 May 2018. UNHCR and other humanitarian actors conducted a joint visit to Tomburo from 4 to 6 June 2018.
1,000 families receive agricultural tools and seeds in Jonglei: In Pochalla, UNHCR’s partner Nile Hope distributed Agricultural inputs (seeds and tools) to 1,000 families. This intervention is a part of European Union (EU)-funded project aiming at the community empowerment and self-reliance. Nile Hope also supported 100 families with fishing kits, fishing twines, nets and hooks.
UNHCR trains refugee and host community youth in business skills in Unity: In Pamir and Ajuong Thok refugee camps, 150 (125 women, 24 men) youths from host community are continuing participating in business and life skills training in livelihood learning centres. The training aims to equip youth with transferable business and life skills to navigate markets, secure gainful self-employment and gain access to skill necessary to work towards self-reliance.