GENEVA Switzerland (Xinhua) --
Since the start of the year, some 192,000
South Sudanese have fled to neighboring Uganda, a
country currently hosting 832,000 refugees from South
Sudan, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) reported Friday.
As the situation in South Sudan continues to
deteriorate, UNHCR said that since April 3 alone over
6,000 South Sudanese have fled their homes to seek
relative safety in Uganda’s northern Lamwo district.
Uganda has received on average 2,000 South Sudanese
refugees every day since January the year as reigning
insecurity, clashes between rival factions and famine
continue in the world’s youngest nation.
The Geneva-based agency reported that almost two
thirds of new arrivals are children.
Since the conflict in the African country began in
December 2013, some 1.7 million people have sought
refuge in neighboring nations including Uganda, Ethiopia
A further 1.9 million people are internally displaced
within the country, which boasts a population of less
than 12 million.
surge in insecurity in South Sudan
JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
The UN refugee agency expressed concern
Friday over the deterioration of the security situation
in South Sudan, especially the recent attack in the town
of Pojok in the Eastern Equatoria region, forcing more
refugees to flee for safety.
According to the UNHCR, people fleeing the recent
incident claimed that the town came under an
indiscriminate attack by the South Sudan armed forces.
"Ongoing fighting is also reported in the districts
of Magwi and Oboo, towns also close to the border. This
spreading of violence signifies a worrying development,"
the UNHCR said in a statement.
Around 4,000 refugees immediately fled South Sudan in
the aftermath of the horrible attack on Pajok town,
which has an estimated population of up to 50,000, the
It said Uganda’s northern Lamwo district has received
over 6,000 South Sudanese since Monday as refugees
report witnessing their loved ones shot dead at a close
range, with many arrested or slaughtered, including
"Families fled in different directions; the elderly
and disabled who could not run were shot dead. Many
people are still hiding in the bush trying to find their
way to Uganda, while homes and properties were looted
and burned. Main roads out of the town are reportedly
blocked by armed groups," the UNHCR said.
Uganda currently hosts more than 832,000 refugees
from South Sudan. Some 192,000 have arrived in 2017 with
an average of 2,000 refugees fleeing insecurity,
violence and famine every day. Over 62 percent of the
new arrivals are children.
The conflict has taken a devastating toll on the
people of South Sudan as around 7.5 million people are
in need of relief and protection, and the humanitarian
crisis has deepened further with localized famine
declared in parts of the country.
According to the UN, some 1.7 million refugees have
fled the world’s youngest country and the continuing
brutal conflict, compounded by the limited availability
of food could displace thousands more into South Sudan’s
Within South Sudan itself, over 1.9 million people
are internally displaced, from a population of under 12
million. The UNHCR said its funding appeal for South
Sudan situation of 781.8 million U.S. dollars is only 11
It appealed to the international community for urgent
and massive support for the thousands of South Sudan
refugees in Uganda, Sudan (380,000), Ethiopia (356,000)
and elsewhere in the neighbourhood.
At least six
killed, scores injured in gun attacks near South
JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
South Sudan police said Friday that at
least six civilians were killed and 13 others injured on
Thursday afternoon in separate gun attacks on commercial
Police spokesman Daniel Justine Bolo told Xinhua that
gunmen fired randomly at a convoy carrying internally
displaced people to the eastern town of Pibor, killing
four people on spot and injured 13 others about 10
Kilometers east of the capital, Juba.
The attack happened on the same road where six
humanitarian workers were ambushed and killed two weeks
Bolo added that two more passengers were also killed
following an attack on two commercial vehicles along the
busy Juba-Nimule road, the only remaining major route
linking land-locked South Sudan to its Southern neighbor
"A commercial car carrying displaced people was
ambushed on Thursday at Sirikat and four people lost
their lives and 13 others were wounded. We are still
investigating and no arrest has been made despite the
scene being near to Juba," Bolo said.
Targeted killings along major roads across war-torn
South Sudan have increased since renewed fighting
erupted in July 2016.
The government said in October 2016 that at least 95
people were killed in road ambushes in two months. More
than three years of conflict have taken a devastating
toll on the people of South Sudan.
The UN estimates that the conflict has forced 1.5
South Sudanese into neighboring countries and another
7.5 million people across the country are in need of
humanitarian assistance and protection and localized
famine has been declared in northern parts of the
world’s youngest nation.
Cholera kills 29
in eastern South Sudan
JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
Authorities in South Sudan’s Jonglei
state said Friday they have registered nearly 200 new
cholera infections and 29 deaths since health workers
confirmed outbreak of the acute diarrhea disease in
Angok Gordon, Jonglei State Minister of Health told
Xinhua that official figures from health partners show
that 198 cholera cases and 29 deaths have been reported.
Gordon said most of the affected came from remote
fishing villages along the River Nile and from rural
cattle- keeping communities.
Gordon attributed the rise to lack of clean drinking
and poor sanitation in rural communities. War-torn South
Sudan has declared cholera outbreak for the third year
in a row since 2014.
According to a World Health Organization (WHO)
bulletin of March, a cumulative 4,401 cholera cases
including 81 deaths have been reported in South Sudan in
9 states since the outbreak was declared in July 2016.
The agency said partners have put efforts together to
control the outbreak by increasing social mobilization
and medical supplies.