26 000 flee South Sudan to Uganda, says UN

2016-07-22 13:30
A child crosses through mud as people receive rations of water at the UN compound in the Tomping area in Juba. (AFP)

A child crosses through mud as people receive rations of water at the UN compound in the Tomping area in Juba. (AFP)

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Johannesburg -The UN refugee agency reports that 26 000 people have fled South Sudan to Uganda this month.

Andreas Needham, spokesperson for the UN refugee agency, said on Friday that thousands of South Sudanese have left their country since fighting erupted on July 7 between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and those supporting Vice President Riek Machar.

Although an uneasy peace has been established in South Sudan's capital, Juba, the UN official said the flow of people leaving the country has continued.

He said that more than 90% of the new refugees are women and children.

The UN official said the new refugees report that fighting is continuing in southern South Sudan and that in the Magwi area gunmen are looting properties and recruiting young men and boys.

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