Tue. Jul 16th, 2024

More than 10,000 people have registered as refugees in South Sudan after fleeing the conflict in Sudan, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (Ocha), has said.

While, overall, 130,000 people have fled into South Sudan since the fighting started in April, most of them were South Sudanese returning home.

Ocha said the latest influx continues to compound a dire situation as the arrival numbers are projected to continue to increase as fighting continues.

Among those arriving include unaccompanied or separated children, the elderly, persons with disabilities, those with urgent medical needs, single- or female-headed households and pregnant women, Ocha added.

Many arrivals have witnessed, or were subjected to, violence and exploitation such as extortion and looting, including during their journey to South Sudan.

Looking at the rest of Sudan’s neighbours, Egypt – with 255,000 – and Chad – with 120,000 – have taken in the bulk of the refugees fleeing the violence.

By Joy

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