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South Sudan refugee numbers swell at Ugandan camp

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If the restlessness and fighting in South Sudan continues unabated, the Bidibidi refugee settlement in Northern Uganda will become one of the largest refugee-hosting areas in the world, according to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.

The Bidibidi camp in Yumbe district is host to more than 160,000 South Sudanese after continued clashes across their country.

On average, more than 2,000 people cross the border to Uganda every day, and refugees are increasingly turning to informal border crossings, according to UNHCR. There are more than half a million refugees in the country. More than 300,000 have arrived this year.

Since fighting in the Equatorial region of the country, migration to Uganda has skyrocketed. Previously, UNHCR has reported that civilians have been extorted by both the government and opposition groups in the country.

“Deterioration of security situation, occurrence of human right violations, and lack of social services have been cited as the main reasons for leaving South Sudan,” UNHCR said in a recent report.

 

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