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News in the Humanosphere: Tens of thousands flee South Sudan for Sudan, exceeding U.N. predictions

Some of the around 900 displaced people who have taken refuge sleep under only mosquito nets in the open because there are not enough tents, in Kok Island, Unity State, South Sudan. (Credit: AP Photo/Jason Patinkin)

About 32,000 South Sudanese have entered Sudan since the start of the year, with tens of thousands more expected to arrive fleeing a famine in their country, the UN refugee agency said. South Sudan declared famine in some regions, saying 100,000 people faced starvation and another million were on the brink of famine. The UN refugee agency UNHCR said it was initially expecting up to 60,000 South Sudanese to arrive in Sudan in the whole of 2017, but “the level of new arrivals has thus far surpassed initial expectations. So far, nearly 32,000 refugees are estimated to have arrived in Sudan in 2017,” UNHCR said in a report. “The food security situation is expected to deteriorate further in coming months” in South Sudan given that a famine has been declared in parts of the country’s Unity State, it said. (AFP

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