As fighting between Sudan’s army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF)escalated last month, thousands of South Sudanese refugees found themselves forced to return to their conflict-stricken homeland. Among them, 26-year-old Lina Mijok and her two young children had no choice but to flee to #SouthSudan when violence erupted around their home in #Sudan.
Having built a new life in Omdurman, Sudan, Mijok and her family were among thousands now seeking refuge in South Sudan’s Renk County. The dilapidated university campus housing the refugees is marked by bullet holes from previous conflict, and its residents have constructed basic shelters from sticks and fabric. Aid agencies, including the #UNHCR, are providing food, water, and other essentials to the refugees.
Since the outbreak of violence in Sudan, over 30,000 people have crossed into South Sudan, 90% of whom are South Sudanese. The UNHCR believes the actual number is likely much higher.
This influx exacerbates the ongoing humanitarian crisis in South Sudan, where over 2 million people are displaced and three-quarters of the population requires aid. With South Sudan already among the most underfunded crises, the UNHCR urges the international community not to forget the struggling nation.
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