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South Sudan Africa’s 'worst refugees’ crisis' country

According to the UN, more than three years of civil war in South Sudan has forced 1.5 million people to flee into neighboring countries.

Young girls carry luggage in a United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) IDP camp on in Juba. Picture: AFP.

PRETORIA – The United Nations says South Sudan has become Africa’s worst refugee crisis and the third largest in the world.

According to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, more than three years of civil war in South Sudan has forced 1.5 million people to flee into neighboring countries.

More than 3.5 million people have been displaced since fighting erupted between the government of President Salva Kiir and rebel forces led by the country’s former First Vice-President Riek Machar in mid-December 2013.

More than two million people have been displaced within the country, while more than 1.5 million have reportedly taken refuge in Uganda, Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya, Congo, and the Central African Republic.

More than 60% of the refugees are children, many arriving with alarming levels of malnutrition, enduring devastating impact of the brutalities of the ongoing conflict.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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