UN says 60 000 have fled South Sudan since latest fighting
02 August 2016, 18:23
Johannesburg - About 60 000 people have fled South Sudan since
fighting broke out between rival army factions almost four weeks ago, the
United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday.
000 people have gone to Uganda, 7 000 to Sudan and 1 000 to Kenya, the agency
almost 900 000 South Sudanese have left their country since civil war broke out
in December 2013, the UN said. The country had about 11 million residents at
deal reached a year ago has been repeatedly threatened by fighting.
fleeing South Sudan's latest violence, which erupted in the capital, Juba, have
reported being turned back by armed groups on the road to Uganda.
the beginning, we did hear reports that the government was very reluctant to
have people leave the country and was hindering people from doing so. Now that
seems to be less of the case," UN refugee agency spokesperson Melissa
Fleming told reporters, adding that other armed groups are involved.
definitely it's very difficult to leave without some cash to pay whoever is
asking for it at the checkpoints," she said.
of the people arriving in Uganda are women and children, the UN said, adding
that some children are severely malnourished.
is a growing threat for those who have stayed in South Sudan. As of the end of
July, 586 cholera cases including 21 deaths had been reported across the
country, said Fadela Chaib, a spokesperson for the World Health Organization.
Most have been in the area around Juba.
addition, many of the 250 000 refugees inside South Sudan from other countries
have been affected by the latest fighting, the UN said.