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ADRA South Sudanese Refugee Response in Uganda (June 2017)

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On July 7th, 2016 a resurgence of ethnically-fueled conflict erupted in Juba South Sudan, forcing thousands of people to flee for their lives. By July 9th, the first group of these refugees started crossing the border intoUganda. By the end of August, 97,947 new South Sudanese refugees had been recorded in Uganda.

More than 875,655 South Sudanese refugees have now been received and registered in Uganda since the South Sudan civil war first began in December 2013. After the latest resurgence, UNHCR initially predicted that some 300,000 new South Sudanese would enter Uganda by the end of 2017. However, within the first quarter of 2017 alone, more than 180,000 new refugees had already settled. The original estimate was subsequently reviewed during an inter-agency meeting in March 2017 and the predicted number was increased to 400,000 refugees.

Uganda is Africa’s largest refugee hosting country with a total of 1.2 million refugees.. It is also ranked in the top 3 hosting nations in the world. - ReDSS - Refugees are mainly fleeing from the West Equatorial region of South Sudan. The primary causes of their migration, as told to ADRA by the refugees themselves, are a lack of acute needs (such as food), targeted killings (people deemed as suspects), kidnapping, drugs, night attacks, and threats by armed groups. UN officials have also indicated that South Sudan is experiencing a total collapse of social and economic systems.

The UN and World Food Program (WFP) have officially declared localized famine in South Sudan, attributing it to the ongoing drought and the effects of three years of ethnic violence and brutal civil war. The majority of the new arrivals have now resettled in the West Nile region of Uganda.