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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 last December.

"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 capacity.

The UNHCR said insecurity and hunger are forcing more South Sudanese to flee into neighboring countries particularly Kenya, Sudan, Ethiopia and Uganda.

"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 began.

- Xinhua

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