Number of South Sudanese refugees continues to rise: UN

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Kampala/Juba, March 2, 2017 (SSNA) — The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said a number of South Sudanese leaving South Sudan for neighboring countries is rising and warned that the number could be higher if the current “rate of inflow” is not contained.

“We have already in the first two months of this year received 120,00 new arrivals. If this rate of inflow continues actually that figure for 2017 will be far higher,” UNHCR spokesman I Ugandan Charlie Yaxley said.

Yaxley added that almost all people he talked to at Invepi refugee camp in Uganda said they have witnessed killings.

“I was in Invepi … and almost every refugee I spoke to had either seen a friend or family member killed in front of their eyes,” he added.

The UNHCR estimated that 1.5 million South Sudanese are no living in neighboring countries, adding South Sudan conflict is the world’s third largest after Syria and Afghanistan.

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2 Comments. Leave new

  • The world should act to really bring peace in south Sudan so that whoever is in the camp return to his place of origin. We didn’t vote for independent to be targeted like what’s happening day and night.

  • Galdino sebit
    March 3, 2017 8:30 am

    This refugees crisis would have been avoided, if the international community responded on time with solutions to stop the genocidal move from government. Does the world have preventive mechanism to avoid human tragedies like this, in south Sudan? It has taken long enough to contain human slaughter.


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