Podcast: South Sudan refugee influx threatening Uganda’s open door policy

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UN News’ Jocelyne Sambira interviewing girls at the Imvepi refugee settlement in Arua district, northern Uganda. She travelled to Uganda with Secretary-General António Guterres, in June. UN Photo/Mark Garten

South Sudan has known no respite since fighting broke out last July, following the collapse of a peace deal between the government and opposition forces.

People in Africa’s newest nation have witnessed “barbaric” acts of violence carried out by armed groups, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), such as the sexual assault of women and girls and the kidnapping of boys for forced drafting.

The number of South Sudan refugees in Uganda has now passed the one million mark.

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

It has become Africa’s largest refugee crisis and the world’s third largest after Syria and Afghanistan.

But it receives less attention and is chronically under-funded.

In this latest episode of our UN News podcast series, The Lid is On,Jocelyne Sambira has been looking into Uganda’s innovative approach to integrating refugees into society and how it’s impacting the local communities.

Duration: 14’52″

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