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Ethiopia hosts nearly 400,000 South Sudanese refugees: UN


Wrist-banding of newly-arrived south Sudanese refugees at the Pagak entry point, Gambella. On 4 November 2016 (UNHCR Ethiopia-Photo)

August 19, 2017 (ADDIS ABABA) – The number of South Sudanese refugees living in Ethiopia as of 31 July 2017 was 382,322, a United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) official disclosed on Friday.

“The total number of arrivals since January 1 is 36,939, bringing the total number since the onset of the emergency in September 2016 to over 90,000,” Diana Diaz, UNHCR’s Associate External Relations and Reporting Officer told Anadolu.

She further added that an average of 175 persons arrive in Ethiopia daily.

65% of the total registered new arrivals since September 2016 are children, including 19,848 unaccompanied and separated children, said Diaz.

South Sudan has experienced a civil war since a split between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar, escalated in December 2013. Tens of thousands of people have reportedly been killed and over 2 million displaced in less than five years.

A peace deal brokered by the East African regional bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in August 2015, collapsed when fresh violence broke out in the South Sudanese capital, forcing Machar to flee into neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). He currently lives in South Africa.


Meanwhile, UNHCR said Thursday that the numbers of South Sudanese refugees currently living in Uganda exceeded one million, amid calls for urgent additional support.

Majority of the refugees, the agency said, are women and children.

“Over the past 12 months, averages of 1,800 South Sudanese have been arriving in Uganda every day,” UNHCR said in a statement.

“In addition to the million there, a million or even more South Sudanese refugees are being hosted by Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic,” it added.

According to the UN agency, however, over 85% of the refugees who have arrived in Uganda are women and children below 18 years.

“Recent arrivals continue to speak of barbaric violence, with armed groups reportedly burning down houses with civilians inside, people being killed in front of family members, sexual assaults of women and girls, and kidnapping of boys for forced conscription,” said UNHCR.

As of refugees arrive, it said, aid delivery is increasingly falling short.

The UN agency underscored that although $674 million is needed for South Sudanese refugees in Uganda this year, so far only a fifth of this amount, or 21%, has so far been received. But although a total of $883.5 million is needed for the South Sudan situation, only $250 million has reportedly been received.


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  • 20 August 2017 04:55, by Garangs Ghost

    South Sudan needs to be placed under UN Administration, South Sudanese are too primitive and backward for self government. All these years they were saying Arabs oppressed them. They get their freedom and look what they do.

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    • 20 August 2017 09:07, by Kuch

      Garang Ghost,
      "South Sudan needs to be placed under UN Administration, South Sudanese are too primitive and backward for self government"
      Bring it on chappy!! Chap, l think you are not even a South Sudanese but rather a foreign troll who took Dr. Garang name to *enrage & anger* the South Sudanese people. But chap South Sudanese people may be ’backward & primitive’, but we don’t want you>>>

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      • 20 August 2017 09:16, by Kuch

        foreign hyenas & fools who are salivating to poke their usual evil long noses into our country disguised in your so-called *UN, humanitarian aid, donations, peacekeeping & your so-called human rights business scams* Mr. Garang Ghost, watch this space chap. Here in the Sudan chap, we don’t WORSHIP your damn *Europeans, Americans, their evil juus, arabs & some of their evils in between*>>>

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        • 20 August 2017 11:26, by jubaone

          Instead of wasting mich of goddamn jienge life attacking America, UN, evil juus and all other scum, just get yourself back to the Jienge republic and help develop it. So much jienge thrash and nothing substantial.

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  • 20 August 2017 15:22, by Lenin Bull

    Garang Ghost, the Nuer have already freely chosen to be ruled by UN by running to the refugee camps in neighboring countries. So what UN trusteeship are you calling further. Leave proud South Sudanese people in peace to enjoy their freedom and independence. If you don’t value your dignity as a people we value so much our dignity chap!! Enjoy yourselves in refugee camps under UN trusteeship.

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  • 20 August 2017 15:30, by Lenin Bull

    Kuch you are right this guy is not even a Dinka and it is detectable by the way he clumsily named himself " Garang Ghost" which is an insult to the honorable name of Garang. Anyway the bottom line is that his poor reasoning pattern portrays his diabolical background which is easily discernible to some of us. He is from the evil camp of NGUNDAENG and Riek Machar.

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  • 20 August 2017 15:37, by Lenin Bull

    Oh my Good God!! If the IO run to refugee camps in that large number then who will fight the war for them? Where is the legendary bravery being boasted everyday? Why are you going to make Gatnyagonyang miss the chance of becoming the 2nd president of the Republic of South Sudan? Guys come back to South Sudan so that this business is finished once and for all. Jubaone, Gatkhor Nueri, Garang Ghost,

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  • 20 August 2017 15:41, by Lenin Bull

    Simon Gatwech, etc why are your soldiers deserting to become refugees? Are you really still strong to continue fighting? Please, stop the war and go for peace now or else random surrender sooner or later will not be desirable. SPLA-IO have lost this damned war!!

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