100,000 trapped and fearful civilians in South Sudan town

YEI, South Sudan – Ongoing military operations in a previously-peaceful part of South Sudan have trapped an estimated 100,000 people in a town that is facing a humanitarian crisis, raising concerns for civilians’ safety.

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More than 30,000 people fled into Yei in the country’s far south following deadly attacks and looting on nearby villages during September, church leaders in the town told an a high-level mission led by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. UNHCR says it is “increasingly concerned” over the fate of these people trapped in the town in Central Equatoria State, about 150 kilometres south-west of Juba.

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