South Sudanese refugees are the largest refugee group in Africa. About 2.2 million people have been forced to flee, of whom about 83% are women and children. An additional two million people have been displaced within the country, after seven years of civil conflict.
As of 2019, the refugee influx has continued, with more than 74,000 people from South Sudan seeking refuge in Uganda, Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic.
Despite the return of more than 270,000 refugees to South Sudan on their own initiative, since November 2017, the Maat Foundation for Peace, Development and Human Rights believes that more efforts are needed to contain the rest of the refugees. And stresses the necessity of completing and sustaining the peace agreement for the citizens so that they can voluntarily return to this newborn country, which they have waited for years.