Since conflict flared three weeks ago, the number of people fleeing to Uganda has doubled to 52,000, with 8,000 more seeking refuge in Sudan and Kenya.
Refugee flows from South Sudan into Uganda have doubled in the past ten days, bringing to more than 52,000 the total number who have entered the country since violence escalated three weeks ago, UNHCR, the UN Refugee agency, said today.
Neighbouring Kenya, meanwhile, has reported the arrival of 1,000 refugees in the same period, while 7,000 have fled to Sudan.
In total, 60,000 people have fled the country since violence broke out in Juba last month, bringing the overall number of South Sudanese refugees in neighbouring countries since December 2013 to nearly 900,000.
UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming told a press briefing in Geneva that refugees brought disturbing reports that armed groups operating on roads to Uganda are preventing people from fleeing South Sudan.