The objectives of the Village Assessment Survey (VAS) are to provide baseline data for mapping the basic needs and critical gaps in areas of high return and to share the findings with government authorities and partners for better planning, coordination and targeting of transitional and recovery activities. The sources of data used in the VAS are derived from four complementary and integrated questionnaires: Boma Questionnaire, Payam Authorities Questionnaire, Health Technical Questionnaire and Education Technical Questionnaire. A mixed methods approach of key informant interviews, focus group discussions (FGD) and direct observation is utilized to collect and triangulate data throughout the data collection process. The data collection teams conduct assessments in the locations of interest by physically visiting each of the Bomas, villages and health and education facilities.
IOM conducted a biometric registration exercise in Guit town from 12 to 15 May 2017.The exercise was successfully completed with a total of 2,053 individuals or 598 households registered. More than 89% of the total registered individuals are from PoC in which they changed their cards from PoC to Guit town. IOM, UNOCHA, and NPA (Norwegian People Aid) engaged in a brief field visit and community consultation process with local authorities and community leaders before the beginning of registration. Guit town is the next GFD site for WFP and its partner NPA.
DTM recorded a 46% increase in the population at Wau Town as a result of the recent conflict. 82% of the Wau Town IDP population are women and children.
On 27 April, SPLA forces advanced on Kodok. The attack has led to further displacement in the area, pushing a large number of people toward Abruoc. This displacement will add to the numbers that had been arriving following SPLA operations in Panyikang earlier in April. With the attack on Kodok, a large number of people are believed to have attempted to make the journey to the Sudanese border. Currently approximately 7,000 IDPs are believed to be in Megenis, predominantly from the Kodok area. The total population of approximately 27,000 civilians counted to be in the Abruoc area prior to the recent violence in Abruoc is likely to remain stable, with the recent influxes likely to have replaced the numbers that have left to Sudan.
The IOM DTM team in partnership with WFP conducted a biometric registration in Panyijar County, Unity from 13 February – 16 April 2017 to record accurate cross-sectional data that better reflects the reality on the ground in areas of high humanitarian needs. The team has registered 69,389 individuals/15,494 households in total. 8% of the registered population identified with the vulnerabilities.
The most significant incident in Upper Nile occurred following the SPLA advance from Unity into Panyikang County on 12 April. Fighting is believed to have taken place between Wankur and Tonga with significant resistance from SPLA/iO units under the command of Johnson Olony. However, the SPLA were believed to have been building up forces in Unity state for some time for the purpose of carrying out this offensive suggesting they embarked with significant supplies and weaponry making their comparative advantage significant if not overwhelming. By 15 April, the SPLA claimed that they had taken Tonga from the SPLA/iO.
The IOM Displacement Tracking and Monitoring (DTM) team, in collaboration with partners, conducted the biometric registration of internally displaced persons (IDPs) sheltering in Wau POCAA, UNMISS POC 1 and the collective centers (ECS, St. Joseph, SSRC, Lokoloko and Nazareth ) from 8 March to 1 April 2017. A total of 34,967 individuals or 9,937 households were registered.
DTM recorded entries and exits from Abrouc, Khoradar, Dethoma, Malakal PoC and Renk. There was a significant drop in entries through Abrouc. In Khoradar DTM recorded a significant number of exits compared to previous weeks, 119 individuals. These exits were mainly to Baliet and were facilitated by the government of the newly created Central Upper Nile State. In Dethoma 1 and 2 DTM recorded no exits however entries were recorded. In Malakal PoC 460 exits were recorded. In Renk a slight increase in the number of entries was recorded.
The IOM Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) team is pleased to share with you the Village Assessment Survey report for the Abyei Administrate Area. IOM in close coordination with local actors, Abyei Community Action for Development (ACAD) and Abyei Peace and Human Rights Organization (APHRO), conducted the VAS from 4-11 December 2016. The objective of the survey is to provide baseline data of the basic needs and critical infrastructure gaps across the Abyei Administrative Area. The key thematic areas of the VAS include: livelihoods, education, healthcare, WASH and protection. The findings of the survey intend to inform recovery and transition programming in Abyei by allowing partners to target critical gaps in basic services and infrastructure.
IOM conducted a biometric verification exercise in Malakal Protection of Civilian (PoC) site from 15 to 28 February 2017, covering all 4 sectors and 48 blocks of the PoC. The exercise was successfully completed with a total of 30,559 individuals or 10,300 households verified.