Thousands have fled into Uganda from South Sudan

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News
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More than 5 000 people have fled crisis-hit South Sudan into neighbouring Uganda since the latest outbreak of violence began on July 7, the UN said on Tuesday, voicing fears that more could follow.

An estimated 90% of those who have crossed the border in recent days were women and children, the UN refugee agency said.

The latest wave of people is mostly fleeing from the southern state of Eastern Equatoria, with others coming from the capital Juba.

A shaky ceasefire has held for over a week after the fighting that raged in the capital between soldiers loyal to President Salva Kiir and troops backing the country’s Vice-President Riek Machar.

The new outbreak of violence has left hundreds dead and forced thousands to flee their homes.

“UNHCR expects more people to flee to Uganda,” the agency said in a statement, noting that the number of people now on the move had risen because the road between Juba and the Ugandan border had been cleared of checkpoints.

Amnesty International has warned that South Sudanese security forces were preventing people from leaving the country.

The London-based rights group said that two airlines had been ordered not to carry South Sudanese nationals, especially men.

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