Modern technology helps meet the needs of refugees in South Sudan

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For the refugee children, the most fascinating aspect of biometric registration technology is the red light that scans their fingerprints. © UNHCR/K.Mahoney

Modern technology is being used to help thousands of refugees in South Sudan, says the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR.

The agency is using satellite imagery, interactive mapping, digital fingerprinting and text messages to strengthen refugee protection, help the most vulnerable and reach out to refugees in urban areas.

UNHCR is conducting its first biometric registration exercise in South Sudan using digital fingerprinting technology.

It says that nearly 200,000 refugees have been registered in standard databases but biometrics will help to identify refugees more quickly so that they can receive assistance.

UNHCR says that in Yida refugee settlement, the largest in South Sudan with over 65,000 refugees, biometrics is critical for targeting services and preventing multiple registrations.

According to the refugee agency, the technology also makes planning and delivery of assistance more efficient.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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