Child soldiers emerge from S.Sudan crisis
From GERALD BUSINGE in Kampala, Uganda
KAMPALA, (CAJ News) – ARMED groups operating across different parts of South Sudan are looting villages, murdering civilians and forcibly recruiting young men and boys in to their ranks.
The armed groups mostly operate on roads to Uganda where they are preventing people from fleeing South Sudan.
Despite that, refugee flows from South Sudan into Uganda have doubled in the past week bringing the total to more than 52 000 who have entered the country since violence escalated three weeks ago.
Kenya has reported the arrival of 1 000 refugees in the same period, while 7 000 have fled to Sudan.
In total, 60 000 people have fled the country since violence broke out, bringing the overall number of South Sudanese refugees in neighboring countries since December 2013 to nearly 900 000.
More than 85 per cent of the refugees arriving in Uganda are women and children.
Many children have lost one, or both of their parents.
Most are from Eastern Equatoria, with smaller numbers from the capital Juba and Upper Nile state.
Many took advantage of the opportunity to flee alongside Ugandan military convoys evacuating Ugandan nationals.
More than 85 percent of the refugees arriving in Uganda are women andchildren under the age of 18.
Collection points in border areas have been significantly decongested, although transit centres and reception centres remain severely stretched.
Efforts are underway to rapidly open a new 100,000 capacity refugee settlement area in Yumbe district.
– CAJ News
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