Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

More Than a Million Refugees Have Fled South Sudan, UN Says

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

More Than a Million Refugees Have Fled South Sudan, UN Says

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AWEIL, South Sudan * More than one million refugees have fled South Sudan's ongoing civil war, overwhelming aid agencies and creating one of the world's worst humanitarian disasters.

The United Nations said Friday that South Sudan joined Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia as countries that had produced over one million refugees.

"This is a very sad milestone," said Leo Dobbs, a spokesman for the U.N. refugee agency. South Sudan's estimated population was over 12 million last year, according to the World Bank.

South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011, but civil war erupted two years later and tens of thousands have been killed. New fighting in July in the capital, Juba, created a surge of more than 185,000 refugees. Most people fleeing are women and children.

Neighboring Uganda hosts the highest number of refugees, and 20,000 have arrived in the past week because of clashes in southern South Sudan. Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Congo and Central African Republic also have received tens of thousands of people fleeing. …

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