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South Sudanese refugees in Uganda exceeds a million: UN

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August 17, 2017 (KAMPALA) – The number of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda has now exceeded one million, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said, amid calls for urgent additional support.

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South Sudanese refugees fleeing violence in their home country wait to be transported to Uganda’s Arua district settlement camp on 6 January 2014 (Photo: AFP/Isaac Kasamani)

Majority of the refugees, the agency said, are women and children.

“Over the past 12 months, averages of 1,800 South Sudanese have been arriving in Uganda every day,” UNHCR said in a statement.

“In addition to the million there, a million or even more South Sudanese refugees are being hosted by Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Central African Republic,” it added.

According the UN agency, however, over 85% of the refugees who have arrived in Uganda are women and children below 18 years.

“Recent arrivals continue to speak of barbaric violence, with armed groups reportedly burning down houses with civilians inside, people being killed in front of family members, sexual assaults of women and girls, and kidnapping of boys for forced conscription,” said UNHCR.

As of refugees arrive, it said, aid delivery is increasingly falling short.

The UN agency underscored that although $674 million is needed for South Sudanese refugees in Uganda this year, so far only a fifth of this amount, or 21%, has so far been received.

Although a total of $883.5 million is needed for the South Sudan situation, only $250 million, according to UNHCR, has been received.

The funding shortfall in Uganda is now significantly impacting the abilities to deliver life-saving aid and key basic services, the UN said.

“In June, the World Food Programme was forced to cut food rations for refugees. Across settlements in northern Uganda, health clinics are being forced to provide vital medical care with too few doctors, healthcare workers and medicines,” UNHCR further explained.

CALLS FOR INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE

Meanwhile, Amnesty International has urged the international community to deliver and improve on existing financial commitments to help Uganda support the refugees it is hosting, following reports that one million South Sudanese are in the country.

The rights body, in a statement, said it documented evidence of unlawful killings, sexual violence, detention, torture, the purposeful destruction of private and public property, the use of food as a weapon of war and other serious human rights violations in South Sudan, which led to forced displacements into neighboring Uganda.

“This unhappy one-million milestone must serve as a wake-up call to the international community that much more is needed from them. With no resolution to the conflict in South Sudan in sight, refugees will continue to flee to Uganda and the humanitarian crisis will only escalate,” said Sarah Jackson, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes.

“While the Ugandan government, the UN and NGOs have done a commendable job, they are now struggling to meet even the most basic needs of South Sudan’s refugees, including food, water and shelter, let alone other needs such as psychosocial support for refugees who are deeply traumatized,” she added.

Since December 2013 when South Sudan’s crisis started, more than two million South Sudanese have fled to neighbouring countries, while another two million people are estimated to be internally displaced, statistics from the UN indicate.

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  • 17 August 22:04, by dinkdong

    Meanwhile Kiir, Riek, and their thugs are minding their own businesses. They don’t give a dang.

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    • 18 August 02:02, by jubaone

      dinkdong,
      Wrong, every single SS is running away from a rotten system that has no respect for human lives. A country run by armed bandits and benydits. Even their own jienges are fleeing not seeking safety but food. Soon the Kiirminal will also seek refuge cos all citizens have deserted the country. Maybe only monkeys and cows will be left alone in SS and will decide who will be next president.

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      • 18 August 05:58, by South South

        jubaone,

        Do not talk shit here. We have been repeating to you over and over again that war is not a game to play with. You can see the result with your own eyes. Try to think about peace for the sake of your own people. Leave president Kiir alone, he is cemented to be a president of South Sudan for life, when he die, another hawk is waiting and he is not an angel. Think twice an old man.

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        • 18 August 06:54, by Kuch

          Yes of course it would. Some people in Equatoria were rightly told before hand to not join Mr. Riek Machar aimless armed rebellion in 2014 when the armed rebellion was only in the greater Upper Nile region. But they refused to listen & joined their Mr. Riek Machar armed rebellion anyway right after their Riek Machar came back to Juba last year from ethiopia. Some of these Equatorians>>>

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          • 18 August 07:02, by Kuch

            were even encouraged & goaded to go to Uganda by their Own son, Mr. Thomas Cirillo, the CIA, MI6 & other creepy foreign agents posing as UN & NGOs workers. And that was purposely to hold South Sudan government & the South Sudanese people’s hostage, blackmail & be used as begging bowls & bargaining chips by our enemies. And some of the Equatorians flocked to Uganda on the directives>>>

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            • 18 August 07:10, by Kuch

              of those foreign creeps & their own son l mentioned above and here we are, it is always Dinkas/Jenges fault. Some uninformed Equatorians, Shilluks & some Nuers do not know that all these UN dirty intrigues are all parts of the US, the UK, their UN & their NGOs *regime change* of the government of South Sudan tactics. Fellows, the US, the UK, their UN & their NGOs want to experiment their so-called

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              • 18 August 07:16, by Kuch

                >>>NEW WORLD ORDER government in our country because our people are considered to be the people who always want UN free food. And the UN & its NGOs are emboldened by this. Everybody knows many of these Equatorians were told by the CIA, MI6 & other agents posing as UN & NGOs that they would resettled in the US, Europe & other countries when they go to Uganda & off they went>>>

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                • 18 August 07:21, by Kuch

                  And now the same CIA, MI6 & other agents that encouraged these innocent Equatorians to run to Uganda are using them as they intended---to be using them as their begging bowls around world, bargaining cards & blackmail to the government of South Sudan & the South Sudanese people. Fellows, many of our people will eventually find out the dirty game being played around in our country>>>

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                  • 18 August 07:45, by Kuch

                    and against our people by the greatest monsters on earth: The criminals in the US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs & some of their evil allies in between. Fellows, the UN, the humanitarian aid, donations, peacekeeping & human rights are what the criminals in the US, the UK, their UN, their evil juus, their sleazy NGOs & some of evil allies in between have been using as their *21s century cheap

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      • 18 August 08:39, by Lenin Bull

        Jubaone, why are you running away when before 2013 you were bracing yourselves up for the so called all-out Nuer-Dinka World War? Why cowardly run away from your own project? Remember if you have brains, President Salva Kiir used to sing his song day and night and in every occasion of not being willing to return his people and country to war whether with itself or with any neighboring country

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  • 18 August 08:45, by Lenin Bull

    Because those who participated actively during the 21 years of our liberation like Salva Kiir and the rest know that war is bad. But you idiots in SPLA-IO took it for Salva Kiir/Jaang cowardice and when your project is now becoming counterproductive then you are now running away to refugee camps!! Pathetic!! Where is your bravery? Where is NGUNDAENG?

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    • 18 August 21:15, by jubaone

      Lenin Bull,
      See where jienge 21 yrs of bravery has got the land into? If the rest Junubin had foreseen that you jienge scoundrels were that useless, we would have just left you jienges to do the Jan 2011 referendum. This is jienge republic for jienges by Jienges. We shall have our own clean and just 2nd republic for all.

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  • 18 August 08:52, by Lenin Bull

    Why is good all-seeing god NGUNDAENG not foreseeing anymore? Has NGUNDAENG got eye cataracts also like Riek and can no longer see the future of SPLA-IO and next stage of Riek’s leadership. Is Riek Machar the only Nuer intellectual NGUNDAENG can predict his good future presidence? I think the Nuer is suffering from terrible DEMONISM and should quickly convert to christianity for real salvation.

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