Over 200,000 South Sudanese Fled To Ethiopia Since 2013

017343087_30300UNITED NATIONS, May 2 (Bernama) — The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said the number of refugees fleeing to Ethiopia since fighting broke out in South Sudan in 2013 has passed the 200,000 mark, Xinhua news agency reported.
Deputy UN spokesman Farhan Haq on Friday said UNHCR field members had observed the majority of refugees were escaping from renewed fighting in Upper Nile and Jonglei states.
Some 199,000 of the refugees are in western Ethiopia’s Gambella region and about 3,000 are in neighbouring Benishangul-Gumuz region.
UNHCR field staff have observed a sharp rise in new arrivals from South Sudan with 1,000 a month in the first quarter of this year to more than 4,000 in April.
The agency is currently registering more than 10,000 new arrivals at various entry points in Gambella region.
Refugees are being relocated to the Pugnido camp which currently hosts some 60,000 South Sudanese refugees and the Tierkidi camp which has about 50,000.
Ethiopia is Africa’s largest refugee-hosting country and is home to 700,000 people from South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia and Eritrea.

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