Sudanese refugees long walk to Uganda

Sudanese refugees long walkFrom  HASSAN ONYANGO  in Uganda
KAMPALA, (CAJ News) – THE arrival rate of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda is rising by the week, corresponding with the deepening crisis in the world’s newest country.
Last week, 11 825 refugees walked into Rwanda and the rate now sits at a daily average of 1 689 new arrivals, compared to 1 140 in the previous week.
The majority arrive through informal border points, with more than 500 arriving through the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
About 6 000 South Sudanese have reached Uganda through the DRC to date.
Refugees cite violence and indiscriminate killing of civilians, nightly attacks on homes, sexual violence, looting of livestock and property, fear of arrest and torture as well as hunger as reasons for leaving the country.
The majority of refugees originate from the Equatoria region with many from Yei, Morobo, Lainya, Kajo-Keji and adjacent areas.
Refugees report that due to insecurity, they are unable to use the main roads to the border and are forced to walk several days in the bush to reach Uganda.
Many refugees are also arriving via the DR Congo, spending several days trekking through the dense forests of the DRC to avoid attacks by armed groups.
Civil strife has struck South Sudan since independence from Sudan in 2011. Over 300 000 have been killed after a fallout between President Salva Kiir and deputy Riek Machar.
CAJ News

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