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3/30/2014 (2 years ago)

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Refugees pouring into neighboring nations, sowing more conflict

The situation will only get worse, the United Nations says. More than one million people have been forced from their homes by the ongoing conflict in South Sudan. Of these new refugees, 803,200 have been displaced within the country, and another 254,000 have fled to neighboring countries.

The U.N. estimates that 4.9 million are in need of humanitarian assistance. The report warned that 'the remote and dispersed placement sites make it difficult to reach many of South Sudan's conflict-affected people.'

The U.N. estimates that 4.9 million are in need of humanitarian assistance. The report warned that "the remote and dispersed placement sites make it difficult to reach many of South Sudan's conflict-affected people."

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/30/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: South Sudan, Sudan, refugees, fighting


LOS ANGELES CA (Catholic Online) - Fighting has erupted between the forces of President Salva Kiir and troops loyal to his former deputy, Riek Machar, last December. While the two sides have signed a ceasefire agreement in January, the fighting continues.

The conflict had caused "a serious deterioration in the food security situation" leaving around 3.7 million people at high risk, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said.

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"Fighting between government and opposition forces has continued, especially in Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile state, where towns and rural areas have been ravaged by the violence," it added.

The U.N. estimates that 4.9 million are in need of humanitarian assistance. The report warned that "the remote and dispersed placement sites make it difficult to reach many of South Sudan's conflict-affected people."

South Sudanese refugees who fled the recent violence in South Sudan crossed the border into northern Uganda at the beginning of this year. Many others also fled to Kenya, Sudan or Uganda, while those in South Sudan are sheltering in U.N. bases.

The U.N. says it has received only a quarter of the money it needs to respond to the growing crisis.

Pro-government forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and soldiers backing Riek Machar, his former vice-president, began last December.

President Kiir is a member of South Sudan's largest ethnic group, the Dinka. Machar is from the Nuer community, which is the country's second largest.

The conflict has seen reports of mass killings along ethnic lines even though both men have prominent supporters in their rival's community. Thousands are feared to have died since the conflict began.

In the meantime, four top South Sudanese politicians have since gone on trial accused of plotting a coup against the government and inciting an insurgency in South Sudan.

South Sudan broke away from Sudan in 2011 after a long and bloody conflict, to become the world's newest state.

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