UN sounds alarm on South Sudan as Africa's biggest refugee crisis looms
Friday February 2 2018
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi (right) and Turkana County Governor Josphat Nanok (left) at the Kakuma Refugee complex for South Sudanese on February 1, 2018. PHOTO | AFP
The UN says the number of South Sudanese refugees could exceed 3 million by the end of the year — making it Africa’s largest refugee crisis since Rwanda’s genocide in 1994.
Since the civil war begun in late 2013, efforts to find peace between warring factions have failed. A truce negotiated in December was violated within hours.
Children are at risk of malnutrition; many are unable to attend school and have been recruited by armed factions. Women have reported being raped after their husbands were killed.