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South Sudan fighting forces thousands to flee into neighbouring DRC


December 4, 2015 (JUBA) – The recent upsurge of fighting between local groups, known as the "Arrow Boys", and the South Sudanese army (SPLA) in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria state has displaced over 4,000 people into a remote region of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has reported.

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South Sudanese children play in Al-Alagaya camp in White Nile State, Sudan (Photo UNHCR)

In a report it released on Friday from Geneva, two UNHCR teams have so far this week registered 3,464 newly arrived refugees in areas near the border in DRC’s Dungu territory. They also report that 1,206 Congolese refugees, previously in South Sudan, have fled to the same area as a result of the fighting.

“Ezo settlement in South Sudan, which was originally home to nearly 3,300 Congolese refugees, is now virtually empty, with the remaining refugee families having fled to nearby fields,” partly reads the UNHCR report extended to Sudan Tribune on Friday.

It said registration in the DRC was ongoing in areas along the border and more arrivals were being reported with difficulties, saying UNHCR’s nearest office is some 400 km away in Bunia, and it took their teams several days to reach the localities where refugees were.

“Ninety per cent of the South Sudanese refugees are women and children. Some had walked for three days, carrying only their most important belongings. Most men have stayed behind in South Sudan,” the report says.

It said while some refugees have been sleeping in the open or in abandoned huts without roofing, most are being sheltered by local families, among them former Sudanese refugees from earlier conflicts. UNHCR’s office in the area had also distributed plastic sheeting for 409 people.

Refugees told UNHCR that their most urgent needs are shelter, food and medical care. The nearest hospital is about 80 kilometres away. Further assessments, it said, are needed to help determine the support needed as many said they will not return to South Sudan if there is no peace.

South Sudan’s conflict erupted in Juba two years ago this month, killing tens of thousands, mainly civilians. It has so far forced 2.3 million people to flee their homes, 650,000 of these across borders as refugees and 1.65 million displaced inside the country.

Most of the refugees are in Ethiopia with 226,000 in number, Sudan 198,000, Uganda 172,000 and Kenya 49,000. Even with these conditions, South Sudan continues to host 265,701 refugees from the South Kordofan and Blue Nile areas of neighbouring Sudan.

A peace agreement has been signed between president Salva Kiir’s government and the armed opposition faction led by former vice president, Riek Machar, to restore peace and security to the country. Its implementation has however faced other obstacles including political and security violations, with fighting ongoing in many areas.


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  • 5 December 2015 12:30, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Equartorian, shouldn’t be allowed to flee to DRC. Let them fight .

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  • 5 December 2015 13:59, by Hardlinner

    Arrow boys, there is differences between SPLA and LRA. Don’t let your balls carry you away. You should stay out of kiir and riek madness. Dinka themselves aren’t happy with corruption in juba, but there are ways of dealing with like of kiir, riek and G10. They are all corrupt and all south sudanese need to stay away from their madness.

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  • 5 December 2015 17:12, by Black Africa

    At this point,maybe I can agree with you but the killer are Dinka.They have been told that they are born to rule that’s why they killer called Dinka are out there to kill non Dinkas under jienge council of elder with the approval for Kiir Alhawir. Now,who is the enemy or treat to the people of South Sudan ? The answer is Dinkas people.

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    • 6 December 2015 05:09, by Below the Law

      To black Afri &Eyez
      Just for now I will a little bit go stupidly tribal above the law& unpatriotic like you nuer. All dinka must stop patriotism&go tribal & declare a real war through out the country for only 3 weeks&we see. Study the comments of most dinkas in this forum they admit that like others some of Dinkas including kiir are a problem but have you ya black & eyez ever condemn riook machaar

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    • 6 December 2015 05:47, by Below the Law

      Black, The way dinka differentiate and condemn a wrong doing by whoever even including their members is why they are always joined by other rationals including the nueer nyichkang(wise) to lead and will lead as long as you keep generalising the few dinka politicians with the community. And so the most you reject the dinka in general the most you put them ahead of you. Wisedom separates even milks.

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    • 6 December 2015 06:11, by Below the Law

      Nuers like eyez and black africa are the spoilers of nuer dignity. Yes Dinka’s are not Jesus Christs they are human like any other junubi. So like any other human they can make mistakes. But the difference is when a mitake is committed it is acknowledged and never repeated which is not the case with the nuers of riek machar’s likes. God! educate nuer of Riek Machar not to repeat mistakes.

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    • 6 December 2015 06:27, by Below the Law

      Now back to below the law and patrioticism.
      South Sudan is ours and we are required to make it peaceful and worth living in for all of us. We need to stop working hard for tribes but begin to work tirelessly for south Sudan. Politicians never represent our communities we must put an end to supporting them on tribal bases but rather on national interest. After all politicians are for their interest

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  • 5 December 2015 17:39, by Black Africa

    Now,they killer called Dinka during kokora people were living peaceful but when Dinkas came, they came with their dirty , criminal etc to non Dinka land . If one will asked this question, why all other tribes can live peaceful but with Dinka tribes the answer is NO, why ? Why?

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    • 5 December 2015 18:40, by Kerem

      Black Africa. Absolutely you got it wrong here. hey are not Dinka who are killing people. This is the army that used t comprised of all tribes but since Nuer soldiers went away all, the rest remained and they are the ones fighting. If Dinka were all involved, it was going to be a different story by now. What Hardliner said is correct. non of us is happy about Kiir an Machar’s style of politics

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  • 6 December 2015 00:37, by Eyez

    Do the Dinka think instilling fear through violence and mass murder of other tribes can really fulfill their Jienge Council of Evil sinful illusion of turning South Sudan into a Jieng Nation?

    Some of you think that the Arrow Boys also fled, but, if you read the article; it says, the MEN stayed behind, don’t that tell you SOMETHING...I tell you soon Equatoria will flex its muscles!

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    • 6 December 2015 14:21, by Kenyang

      If an Equatorian want to pick up gun and misplace current madness on Dinka tribe, I guarantee Dinka will respond in kind.

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