Biannual (formerly Quarterly) Updates

23 Mar 2011
Humanitarian Update: Returns to Southern Sudan - 24 March 2011

Key Issues:

  • The total number of returns climbed to more than 261,000 people over the week, with the movement of returnees previously stranded in Kosti also underway.

  • Ensuring unimpeded access to areas affected by conflict in recent weeks remains a priority.

  • Preparedness for the rainy season has stepped up with partners prioritizing vulnerable groups.

17 Mar 2011
Humanitarian Update: Returns to Southern Sudan - 17 March 2011
Key Issues:

- The remainder of the 3,000 returnees travelling from Kosti to Upper Nile and an additional 2,000 spontaneous returnees arrived in southern Sudan over the last week.

- Insecurity in parts of the South and along some returnee routes has hampered returns movements and humanitarian assistance.

- Humanitarian assistance continues in areas of high return, most notably in Unity and Northern Bahr el Ghazal.

10 Mar 2011
Humanitarian Update: Returns to Southern Sudan - 10 March 2011
Key Issues:

- The total number of returnees arriving in the South since 30 October last year has reached over 250,000 people.

- The transportation of stranded returnees at the Kosti way station has begun with nearly 3,000 southerners arriving in Upper Nile.

- Land allocation remains a priority with the rainy season fast approaching and partners are using the recent land survey to improve the land allocation process.

03 Mar 2011
Humanitarian Update: Returns to Southern Sudan - 3 March 2011
Key Issues:

- The tracking system shows that 2,870 people arrived in the south during the week.

- Preparations are underway to transport 5,600 returnees stranded in Kosti, with onward movement expected to begin over the next week.

- Increasing the pace of land allocation is currently the most pressing issue facing government and partners as the start of rainy season and school year approach.

24 Feb 2011
Humanitarian Update: Returns to Southern Sudan - 24 February 2011
Key Issues:

- Although there were only 2,500 new arrivals during the week, re-verification exercises have confirmed that an additional 25,000 people have returned to the south since 30 October, bringing the total to approximately 250,000 people.

- Partners are preparing to provide onward transport and assistance for over 5,000 returnees stranded in Kosti.

- Large numbers of returnees have continued to concentrate in a small number of sites, creating bottlenecks.