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Over 30,000 S. Sudanese entered Sudan in 2017, says UNHCR


February 26, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - An estimated 32,000 South Sudanese have entered Sudan since the start of the year, with tens of thousands more expected to arrive fleeing a famine in their country, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said Sunday.

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South Sudanese refugees perform a traditional dance as President Omer Hassan al-Bashir addresses a crowd a rally held in Ed Daein, East Darfur, April 5, 2016. April 5, 2016. (Photo Reuters/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)

Last week, government and three U.N agencies declared famine in part of the young nation, saying 100,000 people faced starvation and another million were on the brink of famine.

UNHCR said it initially expected up to 60,000 South Sudanese to arrive in Sudan in 2017, but "the level of new arrivals has thus far surpassed initial expectations".

"So far, nearly 32,000 refugees are estimated to have arrived in Sudan in 2017," UNHCR said in a report released on Sunday.

"The food security situation is expected to deteriorate further in coming months" in South Sudan given that a famine has been declared in parts of the country’s Unity State, it said.

UNHCR said refugees have reported walking for five to seven days to reach Sudan’s border state like White Nile, and that 90 percent of the new arrivals there are women and children.

"Many arrive exhausted and in poor health, often with critical levels of malnutrition," it said.

UNHCR anticipates a continuous influx of South Sudanese refugees throughout 2017, but was concerned over the drop in funding to meet their needs.

The agency and partners have appealed for $ 166.65 million to meet the needs of South Sudanese refugees in Sudan, it said.

"So far, inter-agency partners have raised approximately five percent of funds needed."

Aid groups have slammed a "man-made" famine caused by bloodshed in South Sudan where civil war has forced people to flee, disrupted agriculture, sent prices soaring and cut off aid agencies from some of the worst-hit areas.

South Sudan has been engulfed by civil war since 2013 after President Salva Kiir accused his rival and former deputy Riek Machar of plotting a coup.

UNHCR said since the war erupted nearly 330,000 South Sudanese refugees have arrived in Sudan fleeing war and food insecurity in their country.


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  • 27 February 2017 10:20, by Midit Mitot

    Yes, Kiir and Malong must be blame for the country famine, I had agreed with Rebecca Garang.

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    • 27 February 2017 11:49, by Kuch

      And what do those so-called South Sudanese who went to North Sudan (SUDAN) going to look for? Fellows, our country IS being Geo-politically played by our enemies: The so-called cloned arabs of North Sudan, the UK, the US and their evil juus, the corporate America, the UK, the UN, their NGOs etc. And they are using our lowly Nuers and some Equatorians>>>

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    • 27 February 2017 11:50, by Kuch

      And what do those so-called South Sudanese who went to North Sudan (SUDAN) going to look for? Fellows, our country IS being Geo-politically played by our enemies: The so-called cloned arabs of North Sudan, the UK, the US and their evil juus, the corporate America, the UK, the UN, their NGOs etc. And they are using our lowly Nuers and some Equatorians>>>

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      • 27 February 2017 11:58, by Kuch

        Fools, our country is has been hijacked by greatest evil on earth, the UK, the US, the UN, their sleazy NGOS, some sleazy European countries, Arabs and their evil; juus. They have been using our Nuers and some lowly criminal in Equatoria as their pawns toy around with our country and our people>>>

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        • 27 February 2017 12:08, by Kuch

          Mr. MiditMitot, We aren going UN out of country by force. We don’t like your corporate America, the Europe and their UN and some of their evil in between that you fools have been fighting to bring them in country. Our Nuer cousins, we are going to bomb Saudi Arabia, the so-called israel, some part of ethiopia, London, the mighty US army carriers in the open seas>>>

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          • 27 February 2017 12:09, by Kuch

            Nuers, be very careful.

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            • 27 February 2017 12:21, by Kuch

              Don’t always copy everything Jaangs/Dinkas do. We have your Riek Macahar sociopath in Juba last year. We are going to bomb your UN and their sleazy NGOs out of country. Your Riek Machar, Pagan Amuom, Lam Akol et al, were used and are continue to used by the our enemies. Who forced the criminals to sign their so-called compromise peace agreement (CPA II)>>>

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              • 27 February 2017 12:42, by Kuch

                Be very careful fellow. There was no peace to be signed by the government of South Sudan. The whole game was the hand over of our country to foreign powers. Do you know the reason Mr. Michael Kuei lueth, the then government chief negotiator rebuked the fools like Pagan Amuom, his Riek Machar boss and used the word "sell out"?>>>

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                • 27 February 2017 12:53, by Kuch

                  Michael Makuei is a superior educated man, a lawyer and an SPLM/A boy. Michael Makuei and his boss, President Salva Kiir and others have been called names. By the South Sudanese people enemies---the evil corporate America, the UK, their evil juus, their sleazy NGOs corporate America media and Europe media propaganda machine. That they are ones created/want the current war in our country>>>>

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                  • 27 February 2017 13:03, by Kuch

                    Fellows, there are some criminals in the US, Europe and their evil juus who think, they can use our country like their former East and West Germany---- our country can be Geo-politically football played around and then they can re-unite our country with so-called cloned arab North Sudan! Some fools like some of our Nuers and Some Equatorians, have been used by the criminals>>>

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  • 27 February 2017 14:22, by Kat Cok

    32000 have migrated from South Sudan to Sudan within first two months of 2017 because of starvation, that mean South Sudan will be empty within one year. What a joke.

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  • 27 February 2017 17:59, by Naath

    Dinka tribal gangs leader Kiir is more happy with this news. Kiir is proud of himself and sees himself as a strong Dinka tribal leader because people are running away from him. While other see Kiir as the world foolish and more criminal tribal leader. Kiir and his JCE are good at looting, stealing, killing, destroying and lying.

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