Africa

Uganda at 'breaking point' as South Sudan refugees pour in

  • FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 file photo, refugees wait for U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi to arrive at a transit center for South Sudanese refugees in the remote northwestern district of Adjumani, near the border with South Sudan, in Uganda. Uganda is at a "breaking point" as almost 3,000 South Sudanese refugees pour into the country every day, the United Nations refugee chief said Thursday, March 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Stephen Wandera, File)

    FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 file photo, refugees wait for U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi to arrive at a transit center for South Sudanese refugees in the remote northwestern district of Adjumani, near the border with South Sudan, in Uganda. Uganda is at a "breaking point" as almost 3,000 South Sudanese refugees pour into the country every day, the United Nations refugee chief said Thursday, March 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Stephen Wandera, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 file photo, two South Sudanese refugee boys carrying their belongings arrive at a refugee collection center in Palorinya, Uganda. Uganda is at a "breaking point" as almost 3,000 South Sudanese refugees pour into the country every day, the United Nations refugee chief said Thursday, March 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Justin Lynch, File)

    FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 file photo, two South Sudanese refugee boys carrying their belongings arrive at a refugee collection center in Palorinya, Uganda. Uganda is at a "breaking point" as almost 3,000 South Sudanese refugees pour into the country every day, the United Nations refugee chief said Thursday, March 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Justin Lynch, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 file photo, refugees prepare food including maize porridge donated by USAID and known locally as posho, during the visit of U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi to a transit center for South Sudanese refugees in the remote northwestern district of Adjumani, near the border with South Sudan, in Uganda. Uganda is at a "breaking point" as almost 3,000 South Sudanese refugees pour into the country every day, the United Nations refugee chief said Thursday, March 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Stephen Wandera, File)

    FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 file photo, refugees prepare food including maize porridge donated by USAID and known locally as posho, during the visit of U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi to a transit center for South Sudanese refugees in the remote northwestern district of Adjumani, near the border with South Sudan, in Uganda. Uganda is at a "breaking point" as almost 3,000 South Sudanese refugees pour into the country every day, the United Nations refugee chief said Thursday, March 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Stephen Wandera, File)  (The Associated Press)

The United Nations refugee chief says Uganda is at a "breaking point" as almost 3,000 South Sudanese refugees pour into the country every day.

The U.N. has called this the world's fastest-growing refugee crisis.

A joint statement Thursday by Filippo Grandi and Uganda's government says more than 570,000 refugees have arrived from South Sudan since July — and the number could pass one million by the middle of this year.

Uganda is hosting a total of 800,000 South Sudanese refugees who have arrived since the country's civil war began in late 2013.

Uganda's Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda says the unprecedented recent surge in refugee arrivals has placed "enormous strain" on public services and infrastructure.

The joint statement seeks international help and says more than $250 million is needed this year.