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More civilians flee to Gambella

Author : Emmanuel Akile | Published: Thursday, October 6, 2016

More than 32,000 South Sudanese have sought refuge in the Gambella region of Ethiopia since September,the Danish Refugee Council has said.
It says this is an average of 1,000 refugees joining the camp every day.

The Council says conflict and food scarcity in eastern part of the country have cut off large parts of the populations from their livelihoods.

It says this has also blocked agricultural production and food deliveries in the country.

The Danish Refugee Council’s Country Director in Ethiopia, James Curtis, says the organization together with other agencies is mobilizing resources to provide shelter and assistance to the refugees, especially the vulnerable with disabilities or special need.

The Danish Refugee Council said the 32,000 new arrivals join the already 286,000 South Sudanese Refugees who are living in the refugee’s camp in Gambella since 2013.

It says 65% of the arrivals are under the age of 18, and one out of 12 new refugees are children who have been separated from their parents.

Others arrive unaccompanied to the reception center in Pagak, on the border between South Sudan and Ethiopia.

Earlier last month, the United Nations warned that South Sudan had reached unprecedented levels of hunger.

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