Sudanese refugee population nears million in Uganda

south sudan refugeesFrom HASSAN ONYANGO in Kampala, Uganda
KAMPALA, (CAJ News) – THE number of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda is projected to reach 1 million within the next few weeks if current arrival rates continue.The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR),Filippo Grandi, disclosed some 9 500 Sudanese refugees have arrived in the neighbouring country this month, on a daily average rate of about 689.
The refugee population now stands at about 991 000.
A majority of new arrivals are women and children, who report that the security situation in the East African country continues to deteriorate.
Ethnically motivated attacks, prolonged violent conflict and forcible
recruitment of young people by armed groups have emerged as major reasons for fleeing to Uganda.
Ongoing clashes between armed forces in Morobu County in the Yei River State will potentially lead to an increased influx in the coming weeks.
Most refugees are received in Arua, which now has a total refugee
population of 112 377. This includes other refugees fleeing conflict in nearby countries.
In response to the continued influx of refugees into northern Uganda,preparations are ongoing for the opening of another camp in Arua.
The facility is due to begin receiving new refugees in early August.
South Sudan is entangled in bloody clashes since 2013, two years after independence from Sudan.
A fallout between President Salava Kiir and his then-deputy, Riek Machar,thrust the country into conflict. A total of 2 million civilians have fled.
– CAJ News

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