(By Bonny Apunyu)
In just two months, more than 100,000 people have fled conflict in South Sudan, the UN has said. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said that is five times that number have been forced to leave the country since late 2013.
UN Radio broadcast Tuesday that heavy fighting in South Sudan’s Unity and Upper Nile states has also forced aid agencies to pull out, unable to deliver essential supplies to 650,000 people.At least 60,000 South Sudanese have sought shelter abroad since the start of the year, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said according to UN Radio.
Meanwhile, food shortage is also reportedly contributing to the crisis, with UN saying nearly four million people in South Sudan have been affected.UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards reportedly warned that with funding for lifesaving projects at only 10 per cent, there's no guarantee of supplying refugees with the basics, like clean water and food.
"We have since 2013 seen a number of major displacements, we're in another tragic wave which once again is having its greatest impact on civilians; we have two million people who are either internally displaced or refugees almost four million who are without sufficient food, so the pressures on the population on civilians in South Sudan and surrounding countries cannot be overstated."
Those countries include Ethiopia and Uganda, while just last week 6,000 South Sudanese crossed the border to Sudan's White Nile and Kordofan states.