700,000 South Sudanese uprooted by conflict, hunger – UN


A young South Sudanese refugee cooks food at a camp in northern Uganda Photo: UNHCR/Will Swanson

About 700,000 people were forced to flee South Sudan in 2017 as refugees to neighbouring countries due to conflict, hunger and disease, the UN humanitarian agency said on Thursday.

The UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said nearly four million people have been displaced.

This include over 1.9 million internally displaced and over 2 million who have fled as refugees to Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

“The number of South Sudanese forced to leave their country in 2017 is slightly lower than the 760,000 people who left in 2016,” the UN agency said in its latest bulletin released in Juba.

According to OCHA, over 70 per cent of the 700,000 fled in the first half of 2017, which saw multiple military offensives in Upper…

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