Over 600 South Su­danese evac­u­ated from DRC park: UN

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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. — AP.

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