Regional borders to open up for fleeing refugees
From RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – AS the crisis in South Sudan continues unabated, neighbouring countries have been urged to keep their borders open for people fleeing tensions in the capital city Juba.
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) warned the situation in the world’s newest country was deteriorating rapidly.
This is despite a ceasefire announced by President Salva Kiir and endorsed by First Vice President Riek Machar.
The ceasefire comes after days of clashes between soldiers of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and rebel forces in an around Juba.
The UN human rights office said since Thursday, at least 272 people had been killed, including 33 civilians.
Since the fighting began on Friday, some 5 000 additional internally displaced persons (IDPs) have sought protection in the UN’s Tomping compound in the capital.
Another 3 000 IDPs who arrived at the UN House premise have been relocated to the protection of civilians’ site nearby.
The base has been operating since the political face-off between Kiir and Machar erupted into full-blown conflict in 2013.
Nearly one in four of the South Sudan’s citizens is displaced within its borders or in neighboring countries, affecting some 2,6 million people against a population that stood at 11,3 million in 2013.
South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011.
– CAJ News
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