South Sudan

South Sudan Refugee Crisis Worsens

This was revealed Friday at Palais des Nations in Geneva at the launching of a revised appeal to donors for a US$658 million to help over 715, visit 000 refugees expected by end 2014.

UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming said the ongoing conflict and worsening humanitarian situation inside the world’s youngest nation has led to refugee exodus into Ethiopia, case Kenya, Sudan and Uganda at a much higher rate than initially anticipated.

Melisa said figures doubled from the envisaged 715,000 when they first launced campaign in March with Ethiopia holding the biggest surge in refugee arrivals over the past few months.

Over 11,000 refugees crossed into the remote town of Burubiey in three days in early May. While numbers have steadied since, this remote corner of Ethiopia is still receiving over 1,000 refugees daily, overwhelming local services and capacities.


According to Melisa, most of the refugees arriving in Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya and Sudan are in a terrible state as the look exhausted, traumatized by war and the difficult journey to safety, malnourished and in a very poor health condition.

The revised action plan with 34 international organisation on board is geared towards providing life-saving aid in the forms of food, nutrition support, health, water and sanitation, hygiene and shelter assistance. With over Over 94 per cent being vulnerable women and children with divergent needs, requires a deep understanding and proper registration to better understand their needs so as to shape their response.

The release projects 14,000 children as seperated or unaccompanied with demand for specific intervention requiring targeted case management and regional strengthening of family tracing programmes, protection and monitoring to ensure the civilian nature of refugee camps and settlements are not violated as grave reports of human rights violations had already been registered inside South Sudan.

With only 24 per cent funded raised up to date, the agencies are worried the consequences of the south sudan war could be drastic leading to food shortages, worsening sanitary conditions, heightened risk of disease, and cuts to education programmes and significantly exacerbating the hardship faced by refugees.

The currently refuguee influx from South sudan stands at 400,000 with 158,164 in Ethiopia, , 118,423, Uganda , 82,000, Sudan and 41,115 in Kenya.

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