from HASSAN ONYANGO in Kampala, Uganda
KAMPALA, (CAJ News) – CHILDREN are bearing the brunt of one of the world’s biggest humanitarian crises ongoing in South Sudan.
Amid the mass fleeing of civilians to neighbouring countries to refugee camps running out space, over 85 percent of new arrivals in Uganda from South Sudan are women and children.
Some 65 percent are children aged under 18.
In these countries, over 1 300 unaccompanied children and 6 200 separated children have been registered.
Interviews show many children continue to flee alone, either because parents are dead or they were abandoned by or got separated from their family members during their flight.
A fallout between President Salva Kiir and his deputy Riek Machar the South Sudan civil war generating strife and volumes of displacement.
Over 1 million have fled the country.
Data for October shows an on average 3 500 people fled to neighbouring countries as DRC, Ethiopia, Uganda and Sudan each day.
Ironically, these countries are suffering deadly political problems of their own.
Uganda has the biggest inflow with 2 400 new arrivals daily.
A new settlement opened in August, has become one of the largest refugee areas in the world, with 170 000 South Sudanese refugees.
– CAJ News