April 2019

More than four million people have been forced to flee their homes over the last couple of years, 200,000 of whom are sheltering in United Nations compounds and hundreds of thousands as refugees in neighbouring countries. Warring parties continue to restrict access for the United Nations and humanitarian groups to conflict affected areas. The government has become increasingly intolerant and repressive, arbitrarily detaining critics, members of civil society, journalists and politicians often holding them for extended periods. The humanitarian situation in South Sudan has not seen any marked improvement and remains dire. Internal and external displacement continues.

The Central African Republic (CAR), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, and Uganda host a total of 2.28 million refugees from South Sudan. With all the aid coming in from foreign nations, there is pressure on surrounding nations who host refugees. Pressure from other countries overseeing the peace agreement needs to be added to help the youngest African nation grow after its tumultuous past.

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