Situation & response overview

Upper Nile state

War between the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) has displaced 117,000 people, mainly women and children, from their homes in Sudan’s Blue Nile State to four refugee camps in Maban county in South Sudan’s Upper Nile State: Doro, Yussif Batil, Kaya and Gendrassa.

According to UNHCR, 60 percent of the refugee population is under the age of 17, and nearly two-thirds of these children are of school age.

New refugee influxes are expected due to ongoing confrontation between the SAF and the SPLM-N.

Unity state

Ongoing conflict in South Kordofan in Sudan has resulted in 70,000 refugees fleeing to the Yida refugee camp, the largest in South Sudan. In order to ensure sufficient services and security, some refugees in the overcrowded Yida camp are being reallocated to Ajoung Thok camp, 65 kilometers to the east.

Ajuong Thok’s population had risen to 20,000 by the end of 2013 due to the reallocation process, with 69 percent of the refugees under 17 years of age.

The overwhelmingly young refugee population is particularly vulnerable. Forced to flee their homes under the threat of violence and denied a chance for normal development, refugee children and young people display high levels of psychosocial distress.

Illiteracy is high due to the breakdown of the education system in their states of origin in Sudan, with many overage learners in the early grades.

Approximately 36 percent of students in Maban camps have missed significant amounts of schooling due to war and conflict.

Over a fourth of the children and young people in Batil and Kaya camps have dropped out of school, resulting in high protection risks such as early marriage, underage recruitment into the militias, child labor and the adoption of anti-social coping behaviors.

LWF response

The LWF is reaching 5431 children, young people and adults through community-led accelerated learning programs and safe school interventions in Yussif Batil, Kaya and Ajuong Thok refugee camps.

We’ve opened six primary schools in Yussif Batil, four in Kaya, and one in Ajuong Thok, where we also run a secondary school.

There are 12 Early Childhood Development (ECD) centers - eight in Yussif Batil and four in Kaya - in operation, which are linked to 12 Child Friendly Spaces (CFS). We have two CFS in Ajuong Thok. Approximately 500 children access each CFS on a daily basis across the three camps.

Our programs work with Child Protection Committees (CPC) established in the Ajuong Thok, Kaya and Yussif Batil camps.

We also are offering protection and education services to children from host communities who come to schools or child-friendly spaces in the camps, or want to participant in other organized activities alongside the refugee children.

We are providing community-based psychosocial support, and vocational skills and literacy training in Upper Nile.



The LWF works with the Government of South Sudan, UNHCR, implementing partners, refugee committees and leaders, and host communities.

We participate in monthly inter-agency meetings that bring together refugee leaders and representatives of all agencies operating in the camps to discuss issues affecting refugees and to share information about ongoing and planned activities.

Our project staff members also take part in weekly security meetings coordinated by UNHCR, as well as sector-specific coordination meetings.