South Sudanese refugees attend an English class at the Tomping Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Juba on July 2, 2014. AFP PHOTO / NICHOLE SOBECKI
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South Sudanese government security officers prevented several local U.N. staff from traveling to Uganda this week in two incidents believed to based on their ethnicity, U.N. officials said on Wednesday.U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that four national U.N. staff were denied permission to board a U.N. plane on Monday by National Security officers from the government of South Sudan and their passports were confiscated.UNMISS is the U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan.The U.N. Security Council almost doubled the mandated number of peacekeepers in late December to 12,500 troops and 1,323 police, but so far only some 8,100 troops are on the ground.
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