Sudan says it is hosting 400 000 S Sudan refugees

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, September 21, 2016
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Sudan said on Wednesday it is hosting at least 400 000 South Sudanese refugees who fled a brutal civil war that erupted in the world’s youngest country after it broke away in 2011.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and more than 2.5 million driven from their homes since a new conflict gripped South Sudan in late 2013 following its split from Sudan under a landmark peace deal.

“The number of South Sudanese refugees registered by Sudanese authorities is 400 000,” Sudan’s Minister of State for Interior Babiker Digna told reporters in Khartoum.

“The influx of South Sudanese continues until now… and the process of registering them is also ongoing.”

On Friday, the United Nations refugee agency said that the overall number of refugees from South Sudan had crossed the one million mark.

The UN said that as of August 31 the total number of South Sudanese in Sudan had exceeded 247 000, of which about 90 000 had arrived since January this year.

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