South Sudan refugees in Uganda pass one million mark: UNHCR

The number of people from South Sudan seeking refuge in Uganda has reached one million, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has warned.

An average of 1,800 South Sudanese civilians have been crossing into Uganda every day during the past year.

Another one million or more South Sudanese are being hosted by Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic.

Many of them have witnessed "barbaric" acts of violence carried out by armed groups, UNHCR said, such as the sexual assault of women and girls and the kidnapping of boys for forced drafting.

Speaking to Flora Nducha, UNHCR's Spokesperson for East Africa, Teresa Ongaro, said a funding shortfall is affecting the delivery of aid.

Source: United Nations Radio