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Over 300,000 S. Sudanese refugees in Sudan: UNHCR

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March 19, 2016 (KHARTOUM) - The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says 332,000 South Sudanese refugees are currently living in Sudan.

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South Sudanese refugees perform a traditional dance as President Omer Hassan al-Bashir addresses a crowd a rally held in Ed Daein, East Darfur, April 5, 2016. April 5, 2016. (Photo Reuters/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)

In its weekly humanitarian bulletin, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said UNHCR figures show the number of South Sudanese refugees in Sudan, since December 2013, surpassed the 300,000 mark.

Nearly 25,000 South Sudanese refugees arrived in Sudan in February, for a total of over 35,000 refugees arriving so far in 2017, it disclosed.

UNHCR said it was expecting up to 60,000 new arrivals in Sudan in 2017, but the rate of new arrivals has surpassed initial expectations.

The majority of the 2016 influx arrived in East Darfur (49%) and White Nile (25%). Over 85,000 refugees crossed into Sudan in the first six months of 2016, with the largest numbers observed from February to April, with another upsurge in July, according to UNHCR.

Over 65 percent of the refugees in Sudan are reportedly children, with many of them arriving with critical levels of malnutrition. UNHCR and partners, however, anticipate the continued arrival of South Sudanese refugees into Sudan throughout 2017, given the situation in South Sudan marked by localised fighting and critical levels of food insecurity in areas close to the Sudanese border.

The planning figure for 2017 is an estimated 60,000 additional refugees, with the corresponding response outlined in the South Sudan Regional Refugee Response Plan for 2017, UNHCR said.

According to OCHA, UNHCR in Sudan is updating its preparedness and contingency plan in consultation with partners to ensure an effective response continues if influxes exceed the planning figure.

In White Nile, the expansion of the Al Waral II, Al Redis II and Um Sangour sites is reportedly underway in anticipation of an increasing influx over the coming months.

On 3 February, OCHA said, clashes close to Sudan forced the evacuation of Al Kuek North border point. Approximately 900 people were transported to safety at the Um Sangour site, OCHA said, while a new entry point has reportedly been established at Um Jelala, about 10 km from the border, where temporary registration of new arrivals was resumed by the Sudan Red Crescent Society (SRCS).

Also, an inter-agency rapid assessment mission was reportedly conducted from 21-27 February to assess the needs of refugees newly arrived to the El Amira reception centre and several settlements near El Leri, a remote area with limited access of humanitarian partners in South Kordofan.

The mission reportedly met with local authorities, line ministries, host communities and refugee community leaders in Dar-Bati, Um Kawaro, and Elgoghb, and learned that the new arrivals are mostly from Upper Nile state in South Sudan, having entered Sudan on foot. Refugees are in urgent need of food, with majority of new arrivals reported to be women, children and elderly persons with Shilluk ethnicity. Some are Dinka who usually move onwards to other areas in Sudan, including Khartoum and White Nile.

An inter-agency mission to Al Lait, North Darfur was reportedly also conducted from 12-16 February to determine the profile of 19,531 refugees who have resided across 10 different locations since May 2016.

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  • 20 March 08:06, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    No wonder these a relatives of Emperor Paul Malong begging for crumbs of bread from Jallaba due to the cause of war in our dear South Sudan. You can sense what type of species of mankind are these people.

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  • 20 March 08:41, by village leader

    this is not true and whoever wish people death will die before the rest!

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  • 20 March 08:45, by village leader

    South Sudan will never be peaceful if politicians won’t stop their madness

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  • 20 March 15:39, by hamil

    And some buffoons are saying it is only Equatorians running away as refugees....Many people from the greater Bar-el-Ghazal flooded to Khartoum during the civil war with the North and they still dare say "You ran to Uganda and blah blah blah.

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    • 21 March 20:41, by Kuch

      Hamil and Lino, so you were all these times been a troll posting your trolls as a South Sudanese and now you came out as a cloned so-called arabs North Sudanese? Do you fellows believe these lies? Since when have the SUDAN TRIBUNE and RADIO TAMAZUJ ever been telling truths?>>>

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      • 21 March 20:45, by Kuch

        There is no one running to North Sudan fools. What is in North Sudan to run to idiots? There is much hunger in Darfur, Eastern Sudan than here in South Sudan. Do you idiots know that there Many from Southern Blue Nile and Southern Khardufan here in South Sudan?>>>

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        • 21 March 20:52, by Kuch

          You idiots are just bunch of slow learners who do not know that the current war in South Sudan is a Geo-political war about our resources and to encircle China by the US, the UK, the UN, their sleazy NGOs and their ally countries like Japan. And they are using the fools like Riek Machar and your Thomas Cirilo as their puppets/stooges to crawl themselves into our country to come and plunder it>>>

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          • 21 March 20:58, by Kuch

            like they are currently plundering countries like Iraq, Libya or Afghanistan! The US, the UK, the UN, their sleazy NGOs and their allies are using the UN, humanitarian aid, peacekeeping, famine and human rights as their guise to come to our country. Don’t you idiots notice how the US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs and even their Riek Machar puppet/stooge even encouraged his Nuers to stay in>

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            • 21 March 21:02, by Kuch

              these so-called UN compounds so that they can be always given free rations by the UN AND the NGOs and then the Nuers and some Equatorians who were told by the NGOs and the UN to run to Uganda for resettlement and to be used by the US, the UK and their UN as blackmails and bargaining chips>>>

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              • 21 March 21:08, by Kuch

                you idiots do not know the dirty game being played here in South Sudan by foreign powers it seems. Your Thomas Cirilo even called for the South Sudanese to leave South Sudan for foreign countries a few days ago. On orders of his sponsors like Riek Machar. Who is going to go and feed those South Sudanese who are going to leave South Sudan? NGOs and the UN of course>>>

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                • 21 March 21:13, by Kuch

                  We always tell you idiots that the current war in our country is a war sponsored by the US, the UK, their UN and the NGOs against the South Sudanese people and it is all about our resources but the idiots are wasting their times and our times. We can just allow some idiots in Central Equatoria and their state to be like Eastern Congo that has never been at peace since 1960s and go on with our live

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                  • 21 March 21:19, by Kuch

                    >>>at least that is the central Equatorian idiots want anyway. They want to give the state to the US, the UK, their UN and the NGOs and then they will always be given free UN rations or be resettled in the US or the UK. But l doubt it. That is what some Nuers of Riek Machar home town of Leer want also, but who is going to allow the idiots?>>>

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                    • 21 March 21:24, by Kuch

                      fellows, we are way well ahead of these Americans and European dirty and cheap intrigues. But we have some fools who do not read in between the lines about the grandest neo-colonialism at play some of these days on guise of the UN, humanitarian aid, peacekeeping and human rights business being used by the Europeans and the Americans>>>

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                      • 21 March 21:30, by Kuch

                        some idiots will wake up later and wondered as to how did they welcomed another colonialism dressed up in the UN, humanitarian aid, donations, peacekeeping business scams and human rights and then blame their usual Jenges/Dinkas, but will not have any of it. Open your damn eyes fellows.

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  • 21 March 06:15, by lino

    Are South Sudanese still proud of their independent???! We should have shown the North the meaning of peace, democracy, and freedom, but we are telling them that we are worst than what they thought us... Killings, corruption, and greediness.

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