Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Home World More than a Million Refugees have Fled South Sudan, says UN Report

More than a Million Refugees have Fled South Sudan, says UN Report

The United Nations said Friday that South Sudan joins Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia as countries that have produced over one million refugees

  • The United Nations said Friday that South Sudan joins Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia as countries that have produced over one million refugees
  • Neighbouring Uganda hosts the highest number of refugees, and 20,000 have arrived in the past week due to clashes in southern South Sudan
  • A peace deal reached a year ago continues to be violated. Machar fled the country during July’s chaos

More than one million refugees have fled South Sudan’s ongoing civil war, overwhelming aid agencies and creating one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters.

The United Nations said Friday that South Sudan joins Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia as countries that have produced over one million refugees.

“This is a very sad milestone,” said Leo Dobbs, a spokesman for the U.N. refugee agency.

South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011, but civil war erupted two years later and tens of thousands have been killed. New fighting in July in the capital, Juba, created a surge of more than 185,000 refugees. Most people fleeing are women and children.

Follow NewsGram on Facebook

Neighbouring Uganda hosts the highest number of refugees, and 20,000 have arrived in the past week due to clashes in southern South Sudan. Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Congo and the Central African Republic also have received tens of thousands of people fleeing.

The U.N praised the countries, some of the world’s poorest, for allowing refugees to enter.

“Many refugees arrive exhausted after days walking in the bush and going without food or water,” Dobbs said.”Many women and girls said they were sexually assaulted during their flight.”

Refugees from Sudan. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons.
Refugees from Sudan. Wikimedia

Another 1.6 million people are displaced inside South Sudan.

The fighting that erupted in July between supporters of President Salva Kiir and then-Vice President Riek Machar”has shattered hopes for a real breakthrough and triggered new waves of displacement and suffering,” Dobbs said.

A peace deal reached a year ago continues to be violated. Machar fled the country during July’s chaos.

Follow NewsGram on Twitter

South Sudan has been threatened by the U.N Security Council with an arms embargo if it does not accept 4,000 additional peacekeepers to help protect civilians. The government calls the plan a violation of its sovereignty. (VOA)

STAY CONNECTED

18,958FansLike
362FollowersFollow
1,781FollowersFollow

Most Popular

Bollywood Blends In Janmashtami Colours

On the occasion of Janmashtami, celebrities took to social media to extend greetings to their fans, giving a glimpse of how they are celebrating...

5 Reasons Why More Online Casinos Accept Indians

Gambling in India is as old as India itself, so it is not surprising that more and more online casinos accept Indian punters, looking...

3 Types of ULIP Plans in India that Gives Guaranteed Returns

In today’s competitive world, there are plenty of saving and investment choices that decide your future financial wellbeing as well as that of your...

Mouthwash Use Can Reduce Covid Transmission Risk

In the fight against the novel Coronavirus, a team of German scientists has claimed that Sars-Cov-2 viruses can be "inactivated" using commercially available mouthwashes. According...

Increased Foreign Investments into India’s Gaming Market

There has been an increase in gaming activities in India since 2016. This has led to growth in the gaming sector of India. This...

Actress Madhuri Dixit Shares Her Bollywood Journey With Fans

Actress Madhuri Dixit-Nene went down memory lane and shared how she was bitten by the acting bug. "This day back in 1984 I started my...

This Survey Reveals India’s “Consciousness” Towards Diet and Nutrition

As many as 97 percent Indians are aware of the essential nutrients and micro-nutrients required for their body, of which 60 percent 'rarely' or...

Heavy Cigarette Smoking Leads To Complex Health Issues: Study

Each cigarette smoked a day by heavy smokers increases the risk of contracting several diseases by more than 30 per cent, warn researchers. The study,...

Recent Comments