Biometric registration puts Juba PoC population at over 38,800
JUBA (16 Oct.)
Over 38,800 internally displaced persons (IDPs) are sheltering at the
UN protection of civilian (PoC) sites in Juba, the capital of South
Sudan, according to a recently completed biometric registration
Approximately 10,000 arrived following a four-day resurgence of
violence in Juba this July. The others mostly came in December 2013.
In a press release on Friday, aid organization International
Organization for Migration said that it led a “biometric population
registration at the UN House PoC sites” from 10 September to 7
The process entails obtaining fingerprints of all household members,
or photographs in the case of small children, to provide a detailed
population count and profile. IOM says collecting biometric data helps
improve planning and services in the camps.
The registration covered both PoC sites 1 and 3, registering 8,251
IDPs and 30,623 IDPs at each site, respectively.
IOM says the new biometric registration data indicates that the Juba
PoC population size has increased by at least 10,000 people since the
last biometric registration exercises were conducted in January and
June of 2015.
“The exercise was a collaborative effort with ACTED, the site’s camp
management agency, UNHCR, WFP and the UNMISS, as well as NGO partners
Nonviolent Peaceforce, International Medical Corps, Internews, THESO,
Handicap International and Community in Need Aid,” the aid group
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