As worsening violence in South Sudan drives more people to run for their lives, the UN is calling on warring parties, regional states and the international community to look for urgent ways to find peace.
Among the 400.000 South Sudanese who fled to Darfur is 42-year-old mother of seven who travelled for more than a month to seek safety.
“We were afraid because there was a lot of shooting. There were explosions and shooting everywhere. We just had to protect the children and run with them,” South Sudanese refugee, Sadia Mohammed said.
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi recently visited the Al-Nimir refugee camp in East Darfur, Sudan, where he met South Sudanese refugees and their local hosts.
He praised Sudan for its role in hosting thousands of South Sudanese refugees.
“Most of them say that the main worry is war, it’s conflict, threatening their children, threatening the women, threatening their livelihoods, their homes. But coupled with lack of food and of course one thing compounds the other, clearly,” UN Commissioner for refugees, Filipo Grandi said.
More funds are needed to feed the refugee population as the crisis deepens. The UN High Commission for refugees recently launched a 1.4 billion dollar humanitarian appeal as they seek vital aid to those fleeing fighting and hunger.