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Ethiopia now Africa's biggest refugee host amid S. Sudan crisis

South Sudanese refugees fetch water at a watering point in a camp for Internally Displaced People in Gambella, Ethiopia, on July 10, 2014The spiralling crisis in war-ravaged South Sudan has sent nearly 200,000 refugees into Ethiopia, making it Africa’s largest refugee-hosting country, the United Nations said Tuesday. At the end of July, Ethiopia was sheltering 629,718 refugees — nearly half of them from South Sudan — while Kenya, which has long been the biggest refugee host on the continent, counted 575,334 registered refugees and asylum seekers, the UN’s refugee agency said. “The main factor in the increased numbers is the conflict in South Sudan,” UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards told reporters in Geneva. Some 247,000 of them have found their way to Ethiopia — 188,000 of them since the beginning of this year, Edwards said.

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