SOUTH SUDAN: Thousands Flee to Kenya Amid Insecurity Fears

TORIT, NOVEMBER 1, 2016(CISA) – Thousands of people are fleeing South Sudan to Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission official has said.

John Odongi Simon, the Acting Director of South Sudan Relief & Rehabilitation Commission in Torit confirmed that majority of those fleeing the country are women and children.

“The residents fleeing Imatong State are mainly women and children afraid of the deteriorating security situation and of what may happen during the dry season,” said Odongi.

“The flight is worsened by fears of insecurity and tough economic conditions in the country,” Catholic Radio Network quoted him as saying October 29.

He noted that the number of people fleeing the area had increased in the last few weeks and that those leaving Torit for Kenya cite insecurity that makes the environment unfavourable for children’s education.

Others are convinced that Kakuma Refugee Camp is more secure to live in and bring up children than their home country.

On October 21, The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in Imatong State called on the leadership in Juba to listen to the cries of citizens for peace and to open up ways for developmental projects in the country.

According to UNMISS Reports South Sudan is deeply affected by the conflict that the country may not achieve Global Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 if the war continues.

“Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals will be very difficult in the country. While other countries are working on the new Sustainable Development Goals, South Sudan might not succeed if the violence remains a threat,” said Bashir Alligella, the UNMISS Acting Head of Field Office in Torit.

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