Sudanese refugees stream into Kenya despite peace deal
28 June 2014, 10:12
Nairobi - The UN refugee agency said Friday more than 900 South
Sudanese have fled into Kenya in the past two weeks although peace
agreement has been signed in Addis Ababa earlier this month.
According to UNHCR, recent arrivals have increased the number of
South Sudanese asylum seekers to 39,180 since violence erupted in Juba
"In the past two weeks, Kakuma camp has received 905 South Sudanese
arrivals from the Nadapal border point. As of June 25, the number of
South Sudanese asylum seekers received was 39,180. This brings the total
estimated camp population to 170, 965," UNCHR said in its latest report
released on Friday. The number is beyond Kakuma refugee camp's 150,000
The UNHCR said insecurity and hunger are forcing more South Sudanese
to flee into neighboring countries particularly Kenya, Sudan, Ethiopia
"The health status of South Sudanese new arrivals in the past two
weeks remained stable. The morbidity and mortality rates were within the
acceptable threshold of a stable population," UNHCR said.
The UN refugee agency said malnutrition rates have been on an
increasing trend among South Sudanese new arrivals screened on arrival
at the reception center.
Political infighting between President Kiir and former VP Machar
turned into a full-fledged conflict in mid-December 2013 that has
uprooted over one million people, including thousands of civilians who
have sought safety around the country for months since the violence
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