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Hunger and insecurity forcing South Sudanese to flee: UNHCR


March 29, 2016 (JUBA) - Growing food insecurity is causing more and more South Sudanese to flee into Sudan, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), urging more funding for clean water, sanitation and health services, food and shelter.

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A South Sudanese woman rests on the ground in a refugee shelter at a railway station camp in Khartoum on 11 May 2014 (Photo: Reuters/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)

The UN refugee agency said some 38,000 people have fled north over the border to neighbouring East and South Darfur since the end of January, particularly from the growing unrest in South Sudan’s states of Northern Bahr El Ghazal and Warrap.

The majority crossed into East Darfur, where an average of 500 South Sudanese have been arriving per day rising to over 150 households last week, UN officials said.

The situation “could quickly worsen as the nutrition situation in Upper Nile, Warrap, and Northern Bahr Ghazal grows increasingly serious,” the agency said in a statement.

The arrivals are reaching Sudan in poor condition, according to the Government of Sudan’s Humanitarian Aid Commission. In addition to food, water and basic relief items, they need protection from sexual and gender-based violence, and many children have been separated from their families.

UNHCR is reportedly working with the UN humanitarian coordination agency(OCHA) to respond to the needs, and is also advocating for direct access to East Darfur to support the response.

The UN agency has expressed concern about the 2016 South Sudan Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP) that covers the refugee programmes in the neighbouring countries, run by UNHCR and 39 partners.

The plan, which requires $1.3 billion is reportedly only 3 per cent funded.

In South Darfur, over 2,000 people were registered in Beliel Camp located in the village of that name, and which has hosted internally displaced persons in Darfur.

The South Sudanese coming to the camp “have faced insecurity en route” to the camp, according to UNHCR, and many are sick and in need of medical attention.

These groups are part of 2.8 million people throughout South Sudan who are officially classified as facing a food insecurity crisis or emergency, Fewsnet, the global body mandated to monitor such situations, revealed.

The food insecurity is worsened by the ongoing fighting in the country, which started in December 2013 for political reasons, and has since forced 2.3 million people to flee homes.


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  • 30 March 2016 10:30, by Akook

    God save us from our own mess this time, not North Sudan anymore.

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  • 30 March 2016 14:24, by lino

    This is how we show the world that we are really Damp. God have mercy on us!!!

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  • 30 March 2016 14:54, by Hardlinner

    when would people realize that laziness is the root cause of hunger in northern bahr el ghazal. please my people if work kills, let it kill you atleast people will be proud of u. UN is indeed root cause of laziness in south sudan. only upper n jonglei should receive UN help. i don’t see any reason as to why people flood to north sudan looking for food. the land is there, all u have to do is tilte

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  • 30 March 2016 15:00, by Hardlinner

    End reliance on UN and be self sustain. i indeed respect our great grand fathers who were independent and hard working. people of nowadays are lazy and dependent. we must end war and UN help. people need to be reasonable and resource to themselves. live of survive need to end.

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  • 30 March 2016 16:58, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    38,000 people are less than later number could be to 1,000,000 people to sudan due to scarcity of food shortage because of:
    Central bank governor of south Sudan Korline Koriom Mayik , is completely destroying South Sudan through devaluation of south Sudanese currency.

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  • 30 March 2016 20:50, by Bentiu Sudan

    The war that was declare on Nuer for the purpose of deepening dictatorship in South Sudan is now affecting those who celebrated the genocide of Nuer in Juba. Dinka were laughing at Nuer for running to Khartoum to find safety, but now Dinka are flowing to Sudan like flood in search of food. The poor Dinka realized Kiir is foolish, criminals, damn ass, and tribalist leader.

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  • 31 March 2016 07:08, by Joseph Canada


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    • 31 March 2016 10:35, by jubaone

      These jienges can go back to Khartoum and just become ordinary and field slaves, afterall thats what they´re. Their leaders are busy looting the country leaving their own to die of hunger. Those that have fled to Equatoria must praise the Lord. Who cares? Ask the Jienge Congregation of Evildoers, JCE

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