In Summary
  • South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation, fell into a brutal civil war in December 2013, just two years after it spilt from the north.
  • The UN said people were now fleeing South Sudan at a rate that far exceeded already pessimistic estimates.
  • Kenya counts about 97,000 South Sudanese refugees, DR Congo has 76,000 and the Central African Republic has 2,200.

GENEVA

The United Nations said Monday that $1.4 billion (1.3 billion euros) was needed this year alone to help the nearly two million people who have fled war and famine in South Sudan.

The UNHCR refugee agency and the World Food Programme presented an updated response plan to the crisis in appealing for nearly double the $781 million they had previously said they needed.

“Bitter conflict and deteriorating humanitarian conditions in South Sudan are driving people from their homes in record numbers,” UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi said in a statement.

South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation, fell into a brutal civil war in December 2013, just two years after it spilt from the north.

PEOPLE KILLED

Tens of thousands of people have been killed in the country since then, with some 1.8 million forced to flee the country, including about one million children, to seek refuge in Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic.

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