More than 60,000 flee latest South Sudanese violence, UN says

More than 60,000 people have fled South Sudan since violence escalated in the oil-producing nation about four weeks ago, amid reports of gunmen killing civilians, looting villages and forcibly recruiting youths, the United Nations said.

The number of refugees seeking shelter in Uganda has doubled in the past 10 days, with more than 52,000 arriving since clashes in South Sudan’s capital in the first half of July, Melissa Fleming, a spokeswoman with the UN Refugee Agency, said Tuesday in Geneva. About 7,000 have fled to Sudan, while Kenya has reported 1,000 arriving, she said