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South Sudan violence prompts humanitarian crisis in Uganda

12:38am GMT - 01:45

The international humanitarian organization Lutheran World Federation says Uganda's refugee crisis is the largest refugee crisis in Africa and the third largest in the world. Nathan Frandino reports.

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New trucks are arriving everyday in Moyo, Uganda. Each one bringing more refugees from South Sudan. Women carrying children and not much else. They're part of the 1.5 million people fleeing South Sudan's civil war, seeking safety in neighboring countries. Uganda now hosts some 740,000 refugees, most of whom have come since last year, says Lutheran World Federation's Jesse Kamstra. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LUTHERAN WORLD FEDERATION UGANDA COUNTRY REPRESENTATIVE, JESSE KAMSTRA, SAYING: "And in this year alone in the first six weeks we have seen over 100,000 people that have arrived in Uganda, so all resources for all agencies are stretched to the absolute maximum." Though Uganda is recognized for progressive refugee and asylum policies, officials say their transit and reception centers can only hold so many refugees. Many new arrivals resort to sleeping wherever there is space. Rachel Makisa fled from Yei County in southwestern South Sudan. She doubts she'll be able to return. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SOUTH SUDANESE REFUGEE, RACHEL MAKISA, SAYING: "Right now I don't have hope for our country because, there is fighting taking place in our place and right now I don't know what exactly I saw, I don't have hope for my life." It's a reality many of these refugees face. And a reality likely to continue, says Kamstra. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LUTHERAN WORLD FEDERATION UGANDA COUNTRY REPRESENTATIVE, JESSE KAMSTRA, SAYING: "I don't know how many more thousands have to come and flee or die before the international community wakes up and realizes what is happening here on the ground." A stark warning from on the ground of Africa's largest refugee crisis.

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South Sudan violence prompts humanitarian crisis in Uganda

12:38am GMT - 01:45