UNHCR reports rise in South Sudanese refugees and internally displaced

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South Sudanese refugees waiting in line to get food at the Dzaipi transit centre in Uganda.© UNHCR/F.Noy

Nearly 80,000 South Sudanese have crossed into neighbouring countries in the past month, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reports.

The agency says more civilians have been deserting their homes and fleeing to Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya, as well as volatile regions of Sudan, to escape violence that broke out in mid-December.

Adrian Edwards is UNHCR spokesperson in Geneva.

"With fighting still being reported in parts of South Sudan and the slow progress in the political talks in Addis Ababa, UNHCR was anticipating further displacement both within and beyond the borders of South Sudan." (11 secs)

UNHCR says the number of people displaced within South Sudan has also risen from 200,000 last week to 355,000.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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