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Another refugee and internally displaced person crisis is looming in the Horn of Africa. This time it is coming from and taking place in South Sudan. Having been independent for just over three years following its separation from Sudan, South Sudan now faces a catastrophe of its own making. mid-December 2013 conflict broke out in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, between South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit's mostly Dinka supporters and former Vice President Riek Machar's mostly Nuer followers.South Sudan, which has a population of about 11 million people, currently has almost 1.5 million internally displaced persons. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reports that, since the outbreak of the conflict in December 2013, some 194,000 South Sudanese have fled to neighboring Ethiopia. A number of experts familiar with the situation in South Sudan suggest that the total refugee flow to neighboring countries could reach as high as 2 million people.
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