The number of Burundian refugees, many of whom are women and children, “fleeing violence, threats, extrajudicial killings, abduction, torture and persecution” has now surpassed 300,000. This press briefing from UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler further explains that resources for refugees are already overstretched in surrounding host countries, and additional support is urgently needed for the steady (and in some cases, increasing) number of new arrivals. Currently, Burundian refugees are seeking asylum in the following countries:
In its latest emergency update, the UNHCR reports that the number of South Sudanese refugees fleeing to Uganda has significantly increased in the past 7 days: “24,814 people arrived in the last week, compared to 18,703 and 17,133 in the previous two weeks.” The report further explains:
The number of South Sudanese refugees fleeing to Uganda rose even higher over the past 2 days, September 5, 2016 and September 6, 2016. News from the latest UNHCR emergency report includes:
In the course of 2 days, September 1, 2016 and September 2, 2016, the UNHCR’s emergency update reports that 3,838 new South Sudanese refugees arrived in Uganda. The update explains further:
The South Sudanese refugee crisis continues, with 4,854 people fleeing to Uganda in the course of 3 days. The UNHCR emergency update reports that from August 27, 2016 to Autust 29, 2016:
Since the fighting began again in Juba, South Sudan in early July 2016, thousands of South Sudanese have been fleeing the country. By July 28, 2016, the time of this report, 45,891 of these refugees had arrived in Uganda. Hundreds and thousands of new arrivals enter Uganda each day, filling transit centers, reception centers, and refugee camps to overflowing. On July 28, 2016, UNHCR’s emergency update reports:
Article by Evelyn Marsters.