Hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese refugees flee to Sudan

Hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese refugees flee to Sudan

More than 240,000 refugees from South Sudan are seeking redress in refugee camps in Sudan including in war-torn Darfur, since civil war erupted in the world’s youngest nation in 2013, the UN said.

“The total number of South Sudanese refugees who arrived in Sudan is about 243,000 since December 2013,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, or OCHA said.

Clashes last month sent tens of thousands overwhelming refugees camps in Uganda and the UN has since ask for help in addressing the nutritional needs of the refugees or they will be forced to cut food rations.

More than 90,000 refugees from South Sudan arrived in Sudan this year and at least 50,000 of them are in Darfur, a region that is also at war since 2003. The OCHA said refugees are arriving in the region daily.

Fighting in South Sudan has prevented medical care and humanitarian aid from reaching thousands of refugees causing food shortages.

The war in South Sudan broke out after President Salva Kiir accused former Vice President and rebel leader Riek Machar of attempting to militarily overthrow him causing a spade of retaliatory attacks split between ethnic lines. More than two million people have since fled the fighting.

July’s fight between forces loyal to Kiir and Machar in Juba caused a spike is the number of refugees arriving in neighboring countries, with reports of rape by government forces outside a refugee camp in the capital.

Sudan said on Tuesday that Machar is in Khartoum for a medical treatment.

South Sudan gained independence from Arab dominated Sudan in 2011. Relations between the two countries remain tense.

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