1 million minors flee Sudanese war

s-sudan-pic-300x200From HASSAN ONYANGO in Kampala, Uganda,KAMPALA, (CAJ News) – MORE than 1 million children have been forced from their homes in South Sudan, often amid horrific violence since the civil war erupted in 2013.As more than 1 000 children continue to flee the world’s newest country,on average every day in search of safety, the region’s refugee crisis has become a children’s crisis, rights groups said.
Overall, more than 1,8 million South Sudanese have crossed into neighboring countries. An estimated 300 000 civilians have been killed in the crisis emanating from a fallout between political leaders.Over the past year, the population of refugees in Uganda has more than doubled from 500 000 to more than 1,25 million, making East African country now host to the fastest growing refugee emergency in the world.
“Day after day, week after week, children are being received by countries such as Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya. Despite great efforts on many fronts, the systems in these countries are tremendously stretched,” said United Nations Children’s Fund director for Eastern and Southern Africa, Leila Pakkala.
Pakkala was speaking ahead of Uganda’s International Solidarity Summit on Refugees set for tomorrow (Thursday) until Friday.The official noted 86 percent of all refugees in Uganda were women and children.Uganda is now Africa’s leading refugee-hosting country, having jumped from the eighth largest refugee-hosting country in the world in mid-2016 to the third largest today after Turkey and Pakistan.
The Government of Uganda and UN are appealing for $8 billion (R104,5 billion) in funding for both emergency response and resilience interventions to Uganda’s refugee population over the next four years.
–CAJ News

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