Sudan: South Sudanese refugees influx into Uganda rising

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Norwegian Refugee Agency (NRA) has warned that the number of South Sudanese seeking refuge in Uganda has been rising daily with the figure in the past 20 days topping the total for last year.

It said in a statement in Khartoum on Wednesday that over 2,000 South Sudanese had been fleeing daily in since last month.

It said that some 70,000 South Sudanese had fled the country to Uganda since the new outbreak of violence last month, and relief agencies were planning for an additional influx of 80,000 by the end of the year.  

The latest figures from the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) indicate that an average of 2,000 people had arrived in Uganda each day in the past few days.

“We urgently need funding now so we can scale up and respond to the people arriving. Additional sites need to be built to host families who have arrived. The sites need shelter, toilets, clean water – and that’s just the basics,” Enock Mambilli, Acting Country Director of the NRA in South Sudan said.

The press release said aid agencies needed US$600 million to respond to the South Sudan refugee crisis in Uganda, but had only received 20 per cent.

It said more than 90 per cent of the new arrivals in Uganda were women and children, with many walking for several days to get to the border, fleeing violence and insecurity along the way.  

Many people cite active violence as the main reason for seeking refuge in Uganda. Other reasons reported for fleeing include the fear of further outbreak of fighting, killings by armed groups, and food shortages.

Sadly, the release said, many South Sudanese were fleeing to Uganda for the second or third time.
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10 august 2016 11:43:29

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