GENEVA, 16th September, 2016 (WAM) – More than one million people have fled South Sudan’s ongoing civil war, overwhelming aid agencies and creating one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters.
The United Nations (UN) said Friday that South Sudan joins Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia as countries that have produced over one million refugees.
“This is a very sad milestone,” said Leo Dobbs, a spokesman for the UN refugee agency. New fighting in July in the capital, Juba, created a surge of more than 185,000 refugees.
Neighbouring Uganda hosts the highest number of refugees, and 20,000 have arrived in the past week due to clashes in southern South Sudan.