South Sudan refugee crisis "world's fastest growing": UN Refugee Agency

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Refugees from South Sudan arrive in Elegu, northern Uganda Photo: UNHCR/Will Swanson

South Sudan is now the world's fastest growing refugee crisis and no neighbouring country is immune, the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, has warned.

People are fleeing into Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Central African Republic (CAR), the agency says.

Jocelyne Sambira has the details.

An average of 2,800 South Sudanese are crossing into Uganda every day.

Transit facilities in the northern part of the country set up to deal with the newly arriving refugees from South Sudan are becoming overwhelmed.

UNHCR's Babar Baloch explains why.

"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 surrounding 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."

Funding for South Sudanese refugees in the region is at just 8 per cent out of the required US$781.8 million.

UNHCR's own funding appeal for Uganda is short by more than a quarter of a billion dollars.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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