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Over 60,000 S. Sudanese entered Sudan in 2017, says U.N

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April 4, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - More than 60,000 South Sudanese have entered Sudan in the first three months of 2017, the UN refugee agency said on Wednesday, fleeing famine and war in the world’s youngest nation.

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Refugees from South Sudan receive medical treatment in Sudan’s White Nile state on February 28, 2017 (AFP Photo/ASHRAF SHAZLY)

South Sudan, formed after splitting from Sudan in 2011, declared a famine in its parts where 100,000 people are said to be facing starvation. An additional one million people, aid agencies say, are at the brink of facing famine.

The U.N refugee agency UNHCR was initially expecting 60,000 South Sudanese refugees to arrive in Sudan in the whole of 2017, but that figure has already been exceeded in the first three months.

"The number of new arrivals has surpassed expectations, signalling a likely worsening situation in South Sudan," it said in a statement.

UNHCR anticipates a continuous influx of South Sudanese refugees throughout this year, but is concerned about a drop in funding to meet their needs.

Aid groups have denounced 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 war since 2013 after President Salva Kiir accused his rival and former deputy Riek Machar of plotting a coup. Since then, more 365,000 South Sudanese refugees, most of them women and children, have arrived in Sudan.

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  • 5 April 2017 10:22, by Dengda

    People from Bar-el Ghazel, Awiel and Warrap state and yet there is no war in that region. What would Malong and Kiir will take from that? You name the camps will embrassing names, also we fought Khartoum government for years and now our people are returning to the same enemy.

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  • 5 April 2017 22:46, by Lino Gai Akok

    A huge number of Our people have really migrated to Sudan, the number may be higher than the revealed number due to the fact that more than 300 people in greater NBG states are leaving daily to Khatoum.

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  • 6 April 2017 08:24, by truth teller

    Sudan is not enemy .. people in Juba are ... North fought Junubins because they fought North ... same people who made people fight North are killing Junubins today ... If you think North is enemy stop eaating food that comes from there .... and ask all our people who go there to come back. North doesnt even care about oil money from SS anymore ..oil is Cheap
    North has been providing shelter

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