Fewer S Su­danese flee­ing to Uganda

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KAMPALA: The num­ber of South Su­danese refugees flee­ing to neigh­bour­ing Uganda has fallen de­spite con­tin­ued fight­ing back home.

The UN High Com­mis­sioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said the num­ber went down last month to over 600 from the 2 000 recorded daily sev­eral months ago. The UNHCR’s Kather­ine Wain­wright at­trib­uted the drop to the rainy sea­son.

“Al­most every­one trav­els through the bush. This be­comes more dif­fi­cult in the rainy sea­son.”

The other fac­tor was re­ported to be less fight­ing near the bor­der.

Wain­wright said fewer peo­ple were flee­ing, but the refugees were still in dire need of hu­man­i­tar­ian help. In the next few days, the num­ber of South Su­dan refugees who have crossed to Uganda will hit 1 mil­lion. – Xin­hua

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