GENEVA / SOUTH SUDAN REFUGEES

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The UN refugee agency said today South Sudan’s refugee crisis is now the world’s fastest growing, with a rate of 2,000 people fleeing the country daily. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / SOUTH SUDAN REFUGEES
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DATELINE: 17 MARCH 2017 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1. Wide shot, exterior, Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Babar Baloch, Spokesperson for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR):
“Eight months after fresh violence erupted in South Sudan, a famine produced by the vicious combination of fighting and drought is now driving the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis. Total displacement from South Sudan into the neighboring region is now at 1.6 million people. The rate of new displacement is alarming, representing an impossible burden on a region that is significantly poorer and which is fast running short of resources to cope”.
4. Close up, journalist
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Babar Baloch, Spokesperson for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR):
“Until recently we were seeing new arrivals at a rate of around 2,000 people daily into Uganda. The influx peaked in February at more than 6,000 in a single day. In March, the peak in a single day has been more than 5,000 with the current daily average of over 2,800 people fleeing from South Sudan into Uganda daily”.
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STORYLINE :

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said South Sudan’s refugee crisis is now the world’s fastest growing, with a rate of 2,000 people fleeing the country daily.

Babar Baloch, Spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told reporters in Geneva today (17 Mar) that “eight months after fresh violence erupted in South Sudan, a famine produced by the vicious combination of fighting and drought is now driving the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis.”

Baloch added “total displacement from South Sudan into the neighboring region is now 1,6 million people. The rate of new displacement is alarming, representing an impossible burden on a region that is significantly poorer and which is fast running short of resources to cope.”

Refugees are fleeing into Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Central African Republic and Uganda, which is hosting about half of the total number of refugees.

The UNHCR spokesperson said “until recently we are seeing new arrivals there at a rate of around 2,000 people daily. The influx peaked in February at more than 6,000 in a single day. In March, the peak in a single day has been more than 5,000 with the current daily average of over 2,800 arrivals in Uganda.”

Uganda and the region are in critical need of help, transit facilities are becoming overwhelmed with recent rains in the region adding to the misery.
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