Rwanda: South Sudan women, children flee conflict, hunger

Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - About 8,000 South Sudanese refugees, mainly women and children, have been travelling to the border with Kenya, before moving on to the sprawling Kakuma refugee camps, with hunger being one of their reasons for fleeing since January this year, the World Food Programme (WFP) said in a statement on Wednesday.

The trend suggested that families were pooling their resources to send family members – especially women and children – to Kenya in groups, the statement said, stressing that WFP was working with the Lutheran World Foundation to provide hot meals.

"The refugees get a morning snack, and then a double ration late afternoon to serve as lunch and dinner," WFP said adding that through this initiative known as "Bamba Chakula", refugees are also issued with mobile phone SIM cards to enable them to receive cash transfers as a part of their monthly food rations.

Humanitarian agencies said that about 90 per cent of the refugees arriving in Kakuma now were coming from villages in the Eastern Equatoria and Jonglei states (South Sudan) with many people saying hunger was one of their reasons for fleeing.

"Now, with the heightened tension in Juba and worsening food security, many more are fleeing the country," the WFP report said.

Fighting erupted in South Sudan's capital city, Juba, on 7 July between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and First Vice-President Riek Machar. Some 300 people were reported to have been killed while some 40,000 were displaced.
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03 august 2016 11:14:52

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