Disabled, elderly killed in Sudanese flight to Uganda

From HASSAN ONYANGO in Kampala, Uganda
KAMPALA, (CAJ News) – SCORES of elderly and disabled people have been shot dead in renewed fighting that has forced 6 000 civilians from the eastern South Sudan to flee to neighbouring Uganda in recent days.
Thousands are still hiding in the bush trying to find their way to Uganda, while homes and properties have been looted and burned.
Armed groups are blocking main roads leading to Uganda.
At least 4 500 are still crowded together at the border,
This is the aftermath of intense clashes between opposing state and rebel forces in the town of Pajok, which has an estimated population of up 50 000.
“The elderly and disabled who could not run were shot dead,” said United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees spokesperson, Babar Baloch.
“This spreading of violence signifies a worrying development.”
UNHCR staff in northern Uganda are helping desperate women, children, elderly, and the disabled that have managed to escape.
Refugees are in dire need of immediate humanitarian assistance including food, shelter, water and medical care.
Uganda currently hosts more than 832 000 refugees from South Sudan.
Over 192 000 have arrived in 2017 with an average of 2000 refugees fleeing insecurity, violence and famine every day. Over 62 per cent of the new arrivals are children.
Some 1,7 million refugees have fled the world’s youngest country and the continuing brutal conflict.
CAJ News

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