Published On: Fri, Dec 9th, 2016

UNICEF Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report, November 2016


  • An Action Plan for the protection of children from recruitment and use in armed conflict was signed between the UN and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N). This paves the way to a tangible commitment from SPLM-N to seek real solutions to protecting the children of Sudan from recruitment in armed conflict. UNICEF Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report, November 2016
  • Of 21 children earlier released from detainment for association with armed movements, 20 have been reunified with their families and one placed in an alternative care arrangement.
  • UNICEF has supported the treatment of a total of 189,507 children for severe acute malnutrition (SAM) from January to October 2016, reaching 76% of the annual target of 250,000 children.
  • A total of 65,040 children vulnerable children in East, South and Central Darfur, Blue Nile, West Kordofan and South Kordofan states received psychosocial support (PSS) with the support of trained social workers, animators, and community volunteers within child friendly spaces, as well as through mobile PSS teams and home-based visits.
  • UNICEF and partners continued to sustain the provision of lifesaving water for displaced people in Sortony locality, North Darfur. The amount of water has been at an average of 269,000 litres per day (13.5 litres of water per person/per day) after the completion of the distribution system of the recently drilled four boreholes that were fitted with motorized pumping systems.

2,600,000 children
4,400,000 people
/# of people affected
(Source: Humanitarian Action for Children 2016)

1,200,000 children
1,980,000 people
/# of people displaced in Darfur
(Source: Sudan Humanitarian Needs Overview 2016)

184,272 children
263,245 people
/# of South Sudanese Refugees since
outbreak of conflict on 15 December 2013
(Source: UNHCR Information Sharing Portal, 15 November 2016. Up to 70% of South Sudanese refugees are children)

UNICEF Appeal 2016 US$ 117 million

Situation Overview and Humanitarian Needs

Sudan is host to over 25 per cent of all South Sudanese who have fled the conflict in their country in search of refuge. As of 16 November 2016, Sudan is host to over a quarter of a million (263,245) South Sudanese refugees (184,272 children). The latest South Sudanese arrivals are highly mobile and spread out across East Darfur, living in areas including Khor Omer, El Ferdous Raja old camp, Abu Jabra, Adila, Assalaya and the newly established Kario camp.

Continuing conflict and food insecurity in South Sudan are two of the main drivers of the displacement, with emergency levels of acute food insecurity and malnutrition in the border states of Northern Bahr El Ghazal, Unity and Warrap. With the continuing insecurity in South Sudan, the steady influx of refugees into Sudan is expected to continue.

The Government of Sudan’s Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) in West Darfur State has received reports that about 1,250 people (250 families) have returned from Chad to Sisi village in Gobe administrative unit, Habila locality, in recent weeks. HAC and humanitarian partners are planning to visit the area to verify these reports and assess the number and needs of returnees.

In Darfur, more than 200,000 people1 are thought to have been internally displaced in 2016, of which at least 120,000 are estimated to be children.

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