JUBA, May 31 (Press Shia Agency) – Nearly 137,000 South Sudanese have fled to Sudan since last January, mostly women and children, due to the violence and the threat of famine, reported the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
That number surpasses 131,000 people who did it in 2016, in the third year of the war between the followers of the president of South Sudan, Salva Kiir and the supporters of the former vice president Riek Machar.
“The people who arrive are in a desperate state, poor health, exhausted for their travels, and traumatized by what they have seen and experienced,” stated the director for Africa of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré.
In total, 417,000 refugees from South Sudan have entered Sudan since December 2013, more than a half are in camps in eastern and southern Darfur and in the west and south of Kordofan, the organization said in a statement from Nairobi, The Kenyan capital.
“There are indications that the number of people arriving in Sudan will continue rising,” said Nafo-Traoré.
The Red Cross also warned that with the arrival of more refugees, there is a high risk of outbreaks of diseases such as malaria, as health services, water and sanitation are overflowing.
In this area, the IFRC and the Red Cross of South Sudan made an international emergency appeal to raise about $3.8 million euros to cover more than 63,000 people in health, water, sanitation and hygiene, and emergency housing services.
PL/Press Shia Agency