People arrive to seek refuge in the UNMISS compound in Juba, on December 18, 2013. AFP PHOTO / STRINGER
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Almost 200,000 South Sudanese civilians are sheltering in U.N. bases, the largest number in 20 months of civil war, the United Nations said Monday.A total of 199,602 civilians are now seeking safety behind the barbed wire of eight peacekeeping bases of the U.N. Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), an increase of a third in just over a month.Over 70 percent of the country's 12 million people need assistance, the U.N. says, which is also combating a cholera outbreak that has killed 44 people, with some cases inside the crowded U.N. bases.
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