Thousands of Christians Flee South Sudan


The endless flow of refugees fleeing into Uganda from South Sudan is continuing at an alarming rate.

According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, 26,000 have left the world’s newest country since new fighting between government troops and rival forces erupted July 7.

Troops loyal to Vice President Riek Machar have fought those supporting President Salva Kiir ever since Kiir removed Machar from office in late 2013. The president said he was forced to take the action when Machar and his forces attempted a coup against him and the South Sudan government.

The government is dominated by members of Kiir’s Dinka tribe, an ethnic group which constitutes about 36 percent of the South Sudan population. Machar and his followers are Nuer, about 15 percent.

At least 300,000 people have died in the civil war and both sides have accused the other of committing human rights atrocities against the citizenry. Last August, negotiators signed a cease-fire agreement in Ethiopia, but sporadic fighting has occurred ever since.

A total of 1 million people have been internally displaced, 400,000 people have fled to neighboring countries.

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Gary Lane