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IR-EMOP Uganda Country Office response to rapid refugee influx from South Sudan conflict

Countries: Uganda | Operations ID: 201010 | Operations type: Emergency Operation (EMOP)

Armed conflict between Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and SPLA Inopposition (SPLA-IO) erupted in Juba, the capital of South Sudan on July 8, 2016. The open conflict has caused many people within the Juba region to remain in their homes or flee to UN bases and other areas for safety.

Between July 17 and July 19, an estimated 8,000 people had entered Uganda through borders at Elegu, Yumbe and Lamoe districts. An estimated 90 percent of these are women and children.

WFP, UNHCR, and the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) have made contingency plans for 10,000 - 20,000 refugees to enter Uganda from South Sudan in the next 10 days. However, the situation is fluid and there is a likelihood that the projected numbers will be exceeded, therefore WFP will plan to support an estimated 30,000 people.

WFP intends, through this IR-EMOP to position essential commodities for hot meals for 30,000 people for a 30-day period. This will provide WFP the capacity to respond to a large influx and the extended periods of hot meal delivery that are anticipated.