Wednesday, July 27, 2016

More refugees

The United Nations says over 37,000 people fleeing the conflict in South Sudan have entered Uganda over the last three weeks.
"In the past three weeks there have been more refugee arrivals in Uganda than in the entire first six months of 2016," which was 33,838 people, said the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in a statement released on Tuesday.
The UNHCR added that over 90 percent of the refugees were woman and children as adult males were being forced to join armed groups.
It noted that most of the refugees had fled from South Sudan's Eastern Equatoria region and the capital Juba.
The UN body also stressed that refugee camps in Uganda were being overwhelmed by the surge of people.
Thousands of people have been killed and more than three million forced to flee their homes in the war that started in December 2013, when President Kiir sacked Machar only two years after the country seceded from Sudan.

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