UN: Over 600 South Sudanese evacuated from DRC park

2016-09-13 07:09


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Kinshasa - The UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo says it has now evacuated more than 600 South Sudanese who fled with opposition leader Riek Machar into Garamba National Park in northeastern DRC  last month.

A statement issued on Monday said the latest group of 152 South Sudanese were evacuated and disarmed on Sunday, bringing the total to 634. The mission said 134 more South Sudanese remain in the park and warned that the situation risked becoming "a threat to peace in Congo and the sub-region".

Machar fled Juba, South Sudan's capital, in July after heavy fighting between his forces and forces loyal to President Salva Kiir. He slipped across the border to the DRC in mid-August before being evacuated from Garamba with his wife, son and 10 aides on August 17. Machar is now in Sudan.

Read more on:    riek machar  |  salva kiir  |  drc  |  south sudan  |  east africa  |  central africa

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