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Uganda took in more refugees than any other country last year - mostly fleeing the conflict in South Sudan - and has been praised for its open-door policy.
Record numbers of people are displaced worldwide, the UN's refugee agency says.
South Sudan's three-year-old conflict has driven 1.8 million people from their home. The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, is warning that South Sudan has now become the biggest 'new factor' that contributes to the global displacement crisis. Filippo Grandi -- the UN High Commissioner for Refugees -- spoke to BBC Newsday. (Picture: South Sudanese refugees in Sudan. Credit: Ashraf Shazly/AFP/Getty Images)
Africa editor, BBC World Service
South Sudan's most well-known peace campaigner, Bishop Emeritus Paride Taban, says people in his country are suffering more than at any other time in his eight decades of life.
South Sudan has been split by a civil war for more than three years, but Bishop Paride has also lived through two long-running civil wars before independence from Sudan, in which millions of people died.
Talking to the BBC, Bishop Paride made a passionate plea for the current war to end, and said he remained optimistic that peace would come.