UN says South Sudanese forces demanding bribes from those fleeing country

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September 22, 2016 (JUBA) - Some people fleeing South Sudan into
Uganda are being forced to pay bribes at checkpoints run by South
Sudan’s warring factions, the United Nations Refuge Agency (UNHCR)

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South Sudanese refugees fleeing violence in their home country wait to
be transported to Uganda’s Arua district settlement camp on 6 January
2014 (Photo: AFP/Isaac Kasamani)

According to the world body, over 100,000 South Sudanese have fled to
Uganda after deadly fighting occurred between the country’s warring
factions in July.

Rocco Nuri, a spokesman for UNHCR described as “disturbing” reports of
South Sudanese refugees being forced to pay bribes to reach safety
places out of their country.

The world body, in a statement, said it received reports of physical
and sexual assaults on a number of refugees fleeing South Sudan.

Officials from both warring factions were unavailable to comment.

Last week, the UN said at least one million South Sudanese have fled
the East African nation since violence broke out in December 2013.

A peace accord signed in 2015 has not ended fighting in the South
Sudan, despite formation of a coalition government in April this year.

The fragile peace agreement signed in August last year is on the brink
of collapse.

Over 1.6 million people have reportedly been displaced within South
Sudan, implying about 20% of the population are homeless since
December 2013.


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    22 September 22:00, by Midit Mitot

    Loot at them, is this national army or bullshit saakit,vulnerable
people are running away without any thing for their safety and you are
demanding them bribery. Am sorry,

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        23 September 08:13, by Mun Loal

        Leaving your own country to the poor country in Africa for the
fear of being kill by your own people. Shame on Dinka!

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