South Sudanese Fleeing From Hunger And Violence

An alarming number of South Sudanese are crossing the Nadapal border to Kenya’s largest refugee Camp, Kakuma.

South Sudanese seeking refuge at the UNMISS camp in Bentiu [Gurtong file photo]

TORIT, 01 November 2016[Gurtong] –The Relief and Rehabilitation Commission, RRC, in Torit has confirmed the migration of thousands but could not say the exact number of those crossing Nadapal due to logistics challenges they are facing.

Civil Society Organisations and the business community in Torit say that the increase of food commodities coupled with hunger in the region is forcing South Sudanese to flee the country.

Rose Ifuho, a mother of 4, told Gurtong at Omoliha bus park in Torit on Monday that her decision to move to a strange country for refuge is because there is no glimpse of hope that the situation in South Sudan will change soon.

“I am just forced to leave my own country without hopes of returning in the future simply because lawlessness has been accepted in the country with increased violence against each other yet we fought for the present independence of South Sudan,” explained Rose.

The highest numbers of those fleeing are women, children and the elderly according to immigration officials at Nadapal.

Violence erupted in July this year in Juba between government forces and forces loyal to the former first Vice President Dr. Riek Machar leaving so many to seek for refuge in neighbouring countries.

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