A displaced man reads a newspaper at Tomping camp, where some 17,000 displaced people who fled their homes are being sheltered by the United Nations, in Juba January 10, 2014. REUTERS/Andreea Campeanu
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The UN refugee agency warned Friday that fighting in South Sudan could drive more than half a million people from their homes, doubling the number of those affected by April.Currently, 230,000 people have been displaced in the young nation by a month of fighting between government and rebel forces, with some 60,500 civilians seeking safety in UN compounds.A further 43,000 refugees have fled across the borders, the overwhelming majority heading to Uganda. Most of those who have been forced out of their homes are women and children, according to the UN children's agency UNICEF. The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has been gathering evidence of violations, with around 60 international investigators backed by some 30 South Sudanese counterparts, Colville said.
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