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Operation support for South Sudanese refugees in Uganda – UGA141
Preliminary Appeal Target: US$ 488,407
Balance Requested: US$ 488,407
Geneva, 30 December 2013
Over the past few months there has been tension within the South Sudan ruling party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM). In July this year, President Salva Kiir reorganized his entire cabinet including the dismissal of his Vice President, Riek Machar. On the evening of 15 December 2013, violence erupted in Juba amongst the military and this has led to the current hostilities between the “rebels” and SPLM. The circumstances around the violence starting are still unclear.
Thousands of people in Juba have sought refuge in UN compounds. According to UNOCHA, roughly 20,000 people are being sheltered in the two main UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) compounds in Juba with a further 25,000 in UN compounds in Jonglei and Unity states and 17,000 in Bor UN compound. According to media reports about 400 to 500 people, mostly soldiers in Juba, are estimated to have been killed in the conflict. However, there are reports that the figures of the dead could be as high as 4 to 5000. These figures are constantly changing.
It is highly likely that displaced persons from Juba and other states will flee to neighbouring counties in the coming days and weeks with arrivals already recorded in Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia. In a crisis meeting organized by the UNHCR, Uganda office and the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) in Kampala, implementing and operating partners in Uganda were briefed of a high possibility of refugee influx of about 30,000 refugees entering Uganda. In this light, the Uganda ACT forum members through the Lutheran World Federation are issuing this preliminary appeal.