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Response to South Sudan refugees’ arrivals into Kenya – KEN141
Preliminary Appeal Target: US$ 1,372,181
Balance Requested: US$ 1,372,181
Geneva, 30 December 2013
Over the past few months there has been tension within the South Sudanese ruling party the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM). Since President Salva Kiir reorganized his entire cabinet in July, including the dismissal of his Vice President, Riek Machar, tension has grown. On the evening of the 15th December 2013, violence erupted in Juba amongst the military.
Thousands of people in Juba have sought refuge in UN compounds. According to UNOCHA, roughly 75,000 people are being sheltered in the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) compounds. Another 180,000 have been displaced internally in the five states and in Juba. Figures keep changing with new developments.
ACT members in Kenya continue to meet and appraise each other on the response as well as with WFP and UNHCR in Kakuma. The contingency plan for UNHCR is for 30-50,000 refugees to flee to Kenya. LWF and NCCK Kakuma programs have prepared a contingency plan in anticipation of this influx of refugees. The current figure being prepared for is 20,000. However, should indications be that the figure will be higher, the appeal will be revised.
The overall goal of the response in Kenya is to receive and support arriving refugees, including protection once they reach Kakuma refugee camp.