South Sudan reaches tragic refugee milestone
From RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) -THE number of South Sudanese refugees sheltering in neighbouring countries has passed the 1 million mark, highlighting the extent of the crisis in the world’s newest country.
That figure includes more than 185 000 people who have fled since fresh violence erupted in the country in Juba in July as the country was celebrating five years of independence from Sudan.
With this unenviable milestone, South Sudan has joined Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria as countries which have produced more than a million refugees.
Uganda is hosting most of South Sudanese refugees, with 373 626 as of the weekend. More than a third have arrived since early July. Over the past week more than 20 000 new arrivals were recorded.
Ethiopia is hosting some 292 000 refugees from South Sudan. The majority were women and children, including 500 minors travelling alone.
Sudan hosts the third largest number of refugees at 247 317.
Smaller numbers have been fleeing to Central African Republic, DR Congo and Kenya since the return to conflict in July.
New arrivals are camped in schools and churches while the less fortunate sleep in the open.
Refugees lack food and basic household items.
South Sudan’s crisis started in 2013 when President Salavar Kiir accused then deputy, Riek Machar, of attempting a coup.
– CAJ News
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