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Another Country Has Hit The 1 Million Refugee Mark

South Sudan's recent spike in violence has pushed more people out of its borders.

By Melissa Prax | September 16, 2016

There are now more than 1 million refugees who have fled South Sudan — and the United Nations says that number will continue to rise. 

Those refugees have been uprooted due to violence stemming from the country's civil war that started in 2013. Attempts to create peace have failed. 

And renewed violence is driving more people out — the majority of whom are under 18. So how does that over 1 million mark stack up against other conflict areas? 

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The countries that have produced the most refugees are Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia. 

At the end of 2015, South Sudan came in fourth among refugee source countries, but now joins that small list of countries that have produced more than 1 million refugees. It's closing the gap between Somalia — which produced 1.1 million refugees. 

2.7 million refugees originated from Afghanistan and 4.9 million from Syria.

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