One million refugees from South Sudan

Tabu Sunday (right) and her twin sister Rina Night (left)

The number of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda has reached 1 million.

Tabu Sunday (pictured above right), a 14-year-old girl who arrived in Imvepi refugee settlement in July, was identified by the United Nations refugee agency as “the symbolic 1 millionth South Sudanese refugee seeking safety in Uganda”.

Tabu is among thousands of unaccompanied children arriving at Imvepi refugee settlement in northern Uganda, where CARE provides help and support to refugees – including constructing a shelter for Tabu and other unaccompanied children.

Read more of Tabu’s story on the UNHCR website

South Sudanese refugees Nina Tabu Emmanuel
Tabu (right) and Rina with their younger brother Emmanuel

Philippe Guiton, Humanitarian and Operations Director, CARE International, said:

One million South Sudanese refugees is a tragic and utterly sad record. 

“The small country of Uganda is shouldering the largest refugee crisis in Africa, keeping the borders open for those fleeing brutal violence and hunger in South Sudan.”

Refugees arriving in Uganda are in dire conditions, many have walked for days through the bush with little food and water. Women and girls have been abused, beaten and raped on their journey.

Tents at the Imvepi refugee settlement in Uganda
Tents at the Imvepi refugee settlement in Uganda

Fred McCray, Country Director for CARE South Sudan, said:

“86% of those arriving in Uganda are women and children, many have survived sexual violence during the conflict in South Sudan, and many others report experiencing sexual violence along their route, and during displacement in Uganda.” 

We call on all parties to the South Sudan conflict to stop the violence against civilians and we urge international donors to step up their commitments and support the Uganda refugee response.

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