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UNHCR South Sudan welcomes the people of Japan’s commitment to the most vulnerable – South Sudan



The UN Refugee Agency welcomes the generous contribution of USD 1 million from
the people of Japan to protect and assist displaced persons across South Sudan. Since
the outbreak of the conflict in 2016, Japan has donated nearly $17 million to support
vital assistance to those forced to flee their homes.

“The country is at a pivotal moment, with many people still vulnerable and displaced
as the implementation of the peace agreement goes on,” said Adan Ilmi, the UNHCR
Representative a.i. in South Sudan. “Generous donations such as this one from the
Japanese people enable us to continue our work supporting refugees and internally
displaced persons in South Sudan, ensuring that no one will be left behind.”

Japan’s donation will help support life-saving activities, such as healthcare, and
equip forcibly displaced persons with the tools to rebuild their lives through
education. Programs being supported include primary healthcare centres in
Makpandu refugee camp and Lasu refugee settlement in Western Equatoria.
Located near the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, these
centres are on the frontline of Ebola prevention. Strengthening such health
programs and facilities is even more critical as the county responds to the
COVID-19 pandemic.

The donation will also bolster UNHCR’s data-driven approach to humanitarian
aid, strengthening protection monitoring and response in internal
displacement sites, areas of return, and at key border crossing points. While
South Sudan has yet to address all the root causes of forced displacement,
which is necessary to ensure the 2.2. million South Sudanese refugees in
neighboring countries a safe and sustainable return, displaced families
continue to come back in a self-organized manner. UNHCR, the South Sudan
Relief and Rehabilitation Commission and partners, which are monitoring the
returnees protection needs, recorded 4,600 spontaneous returns in May.

“This assistance shows Japan’s strong and faithful commitment to addressing the
basic needs of the most vulnerable populations,” H.E. Seji Okada said. “The assistance
to UNHCR comes during a critical time in South Sudan. Japan applauds the
partnership between the Government of South Sudan and UNHCR to assist displaced
populations and the most vulnerable, while supporting South Sudan’s efforts for its


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Additional information for journalists

  • Insecurity in neighboring countries has pushed more than 300,000 refugees into
    South Sudan. The country has a strong legal framework to protect refugees and
    offers nationals from several countries, including Sudan, prima facie refugee
    status. The country adopted the Refugee Act in 2012, just one year after it
    was formally founded, and signed the 1951 Convention on the Status of
    Refugees and its 1967 Protocol in 2018

  • UNHCR supports refugees in 21 camps and settlements across South Sudan and
    is heavily involved in aiding the nearly 1.7 IDPs and IDP returnees through the
    country’s protection and camp management clusters.

  • UNHCR commends the South Sudanese government’s continued generosity in
    allowing those who are fleeing violence and persecution to seek international
    protection in South Sudan despite the challenges presented by managing a
    public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic. New arrivals were registered
    in Western Equatoria State from both DRC (in early May) and CAR (in early June)
    due to renewed violence in their areas of origin. South Sudan maintained the
    asylum space while ensuring national and international guidelines to tackle the
    spread of COVID-19 were respected

  • At the start of 2020, 79.5 million people were displaced globally due to conflict,
    persecution, violence or human rights violations. Twenty-six million of those are
    refugees. 68% of them (two thirds) come from just five countries: Syria,
    Venezuela, Afghanistan, South Sudan and Myanmar The number of people
    forced to flee their homes because of war, conflict and persecution globally
    nearly doubled in the last decade. In sub-Saharan Africa, the number has tripled
    since 2010. The East and Horn of Africa and Great Lakes region hosts more than
    4 million refugees, 50% of whom are children. The South Sudan refugee crisis
    remains the largest in Africa and among the top 5 largest in the world, with 2.2
    million refugees sheltered in Uganda (40%), Sudan (more than 35%), Ethiopia,
    Kenya, and the DRC.

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