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World Refugee Day: 1 million South Sudanese are refugees

Author : | Published: Monday, June 20, 2016

On the World Refugee Day today, latest figures by the UN show that there are almost one million South Sudanese Refugees in neighboring countries.

Most of them fled after the eruption of violence in December 2013.

The UN refugee agency says Ethiopia is hosting over 280,000 South Sudanese asylum seekers, the largest in the region.

It is followed by Sudan, which has 231,000 South Sudanese Refugees. Uganda has 229,006 while Kenya hosts 103,356 of them.

South Sudan on the other hand is hosting over 270,000 refugees from Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia and Central Africa.

The country also has nearly 1.7 million internally displaced people.

The World Refugee Day is marked annually to raise awareness about the plight of displaced people throughout the world.

This includes refugees, internally displaced people, stateless people and returnees.

According to UNHCR, worldwide displacement from wars, conflict and persecution is at the highest levels ever recorded and accelerating fast.

An unprecedented 59.5 million people around the world have been forced to leave their homes.

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