UNITED NATIONS New York (Xinhua) --
The UN Office of the UN High Commissioner for
Refugees (UNHCR) on Monday sounded alarm on the sharp increase
of South Sudanese fleeing to Sudan since the start of 2017, UN
spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters here.
UNHCR says “it has
seen a significant increase in South Sudanese refugees fleeing
to Sudan since January,” Dujarric said at a daily news briefing
were that 60,000 refugees may arrive through 2017, but in the
first two months of the year alone, more than 31,000 refugees
show that more than 80 percent of the new arrivals are women and
children, including unaccompanied and separated children.
“They are in need of
immediate life-saving assistance, which UNHCR and its sister
agencies are trying to address,” Dujarric said.
Sudan is one of
South Sudan’s neighboring countries to host a massive influx of
South Sudanese refugees. More than 1.5 million South Sudanese
refugees have fled to neighboring countries in the region,
around half of which are located in Uganda.
South Sudan has been
shattered by civil war that broke out in December 2013 after
President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of
plotting a coup. Machar denied the accusation but then mobilized
a rebel force.
A peace deal signed
in August 2015 led to the formation of a transitional unity
government in April, but was again devastated by fresh violence
in July 2016.
Tens of thousands of
South Sudanese have been killed, with more than 2 million
displaced and another 4.6 million left severely food insecure,
since December 2013.
UN says over 31,000 South
arrived in Sudan in January, February
KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) --
The Office of the United Nations High
Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Monday said over 31,000
South Sudanese refugees arrived in Sudan during January and
February this year.
expectations were that 60,000 refugees may arrive through 2017,
but in the first two months alone, over 31,000 refugees
arrived,” said UNHCR in a statement on Monday.
It explained that
initial estimates show that over 80 percent of the new arrivals
are women and children, including unaccompanied and separated
children, noting that “they are in need of immediate life-saving
assistance, which UNHCR and its sister agencies are trying to
UNHCR’s representative in Sudan, said in the statement that “we
are extremely concerned at people’s condition when they arrive,
especially children who are suffering the most.”
Sudanese Commissioner for Refugees Hamad Al-Jizouli said in an
exclusive interview with Xinhua that “the number of South
Sudanese refugees in Sudan so far has reached 495,000.”
On Aug. 15 last
year, Sudan officially decided to treat the South Sudanese
fleeing the war in their country as refugees, which opens the
door for the UN to provide them with aid and fund aid programs.
Recently famine was
officially declared in South Sudan, where the South Sudanese
government and the UN said 100,000 people facing starvation,
with one million people classified as being on the brink of
The famine was
attributed to many reasons including the civil war and collapse
of the economy in the new-born state.
South Sudan, UN agree to boost
JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
South Sudan and the United Nations Industrial
Development Organization (UNIDO) have agreed to jointly
implement a project worth 500,000 U.S. dollars aimed at
promoting collaboration in small-scale agriculture and
agro-processing, a senior government official said on Monday.
Minister of Trade
and Investment Moses Hassan Tiel said the partnership seeks to
strengthen food security through advancement of small scale
farming, agro-processing and product certification in the
conflict-hit East African nation.
“We are working
together with UNIDO to develop policy documents to help us with
quality assurance and certification for agricultural products
produced here in South Sudan. We are working hard to make sure
that agriculture products are processed here in South Sudan to
boost agriculture and our economy,” Tiel said
He said the new
project would prioritize improvement of honey products, fruits
such as mangoes and pineapples and Gum Arabic in order to
diversify the economy of the oil-reliant country.
Tiel said South
Sudan’s first honey export to Japan and Kenya last year ignited
the hopes of scale farmers to engage in commercial agriculture.
The world’s youngest
country is blessed with enormous agricultural wealth that
remains untapped due to years of conflict, lack of land policies
and poor infrastructure.
According to data
from the Ministry of Food Security and Agriculture, 648,000
square kilometers of the African country is arable, home to 11.7
million heads of cattle and is also capable of producing 400
tons of fish annually from its vast Swamps and the River Nile.
Despite the huge
opportunities, last week the UN declared famine in parts of
The UN said the
disaster is man-made after the world’s newest country plunged
into civil war in 2013 following a political rift between
President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar.
Tiel said the
government seeks to support small scale farmers with necessary
skills to help boost food production.
“It is now a
priority that we encourage our small scale farmers to grow much
so that we restore food security in South Sudan and also level
the trade balance because currently we import most of our food
products including vegetables,” he said.