UN Refugee Agency Reports 3,500 People Fleeing South Sudan Daily Due to Ongoing Conflict

South Sudanese refugees are crossing by foot the Kibali Bridge in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). UNHCR partially rehabilitated the bridge which was in a state of disrepair in order to make possible the relocation (Photo: UNHCR/Gloria Ramazani)

South Sudanese refugees are crossing by foot the Kibali Bridge in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). UNHCR partially rehabilitated the bridge which was in a state of disrepair in order to make possible the relocation (Photo: UNHCR/Gloria Ramazani)

Nov 06, 2016(Nyamilepedia) ——- On 4 November, the ongoing South Sudan conflict has led to immense suffering and displacement, with an average of 3,500 people fleeing the country each day to neighboring countries, prompting the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), national authorities, and other humanitarian actors to race to create safe and humane conditions for arrivals – 90 per cent of whom are women and children.

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According to the reports thousands of South Sudanese are fleeing their new country to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Sudan, and Uganda.

The UNHCR believes that it is the greatest number of outflow with 2,400 arrivals every day since early October and a quarter million new refugees since the re-eruption of violence in Juba that began on 7 July 2016.

UNHCR reports that most refugees are fleeing the Equatoria regions of South Sudan, which borders Uganda and is home to Juba.

People leaving the region are reporting harassment by government soldiers and armed groups, killings and torture of people suspected of supporting opposing factions, villages set on fire, sexual assault of women and girls, and forced recruitment of young men and boys.

As armed groups have prevented people from using main roads, refugees in recent weeks are increasingly using informal border crossing points. Many have walked through the bush for days without food or water.

The Bidibidi refugee settlement in Uganda, opened only in August of this year, is now one of the largest refugee-hosting areas in the world and home to 170,000 South Sudanese refugees.

“Providing immediate, life-saving assistance, including food, water and shelter remains UNHCR’s key priority,” said Cécile Pouilly, UNHCR spokesperson at the regular press briefing in Geneva. “But severe underfunding is hampering our efforts on the ground.”

On November.01, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-in-Government (SPLA-IG) operational searching “discovered” thirteen civilian, believed to be residents of Kuli-papa area in Jubek state, dead on Monday.

Speaking to Nyamilepedia Press on Wednesday afternoon over phone, Hon. Isaac Ribbek, Jubek state Minister of Local Government & Law enforcement Agencies that SPLA has carried operation searching for six people, claimed to have been abducted during an ambush which took place October 29 on Sunday on commercial civilian vehicle.

The Minister was bold to admit that the deceased were killed by government soldiers in the area.

“In SPLA operation thirteen civilians specifically children and women were killed by the SPLA IG during the searching,” Hon. Isaac said.

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