>> Thousands of refugees have arrived in Northern Uganda, after fleeing from neighboring South Sudan. Reuters Africa Bureau Chief, Ed Cropley is there.>> If you look behind me, you'll see probably 3 or maybe even 4,000 South Sudanese refugees, who arrived in Uganda this morning after they say is a major offensive by government SPLA soldiers in South Sudan.
In their town, which is about 14 kilometers up the road behind my camera man.>>
Some of them have got bullet wounds, one guy's got a bullet wound in the back of his heel. Other people say they actually saw people gunned down by government forces in the attack, which started at eight o'clock yesterday morning.
Other people say that friends of theirs were arrested and they fear they've been slaughtered. A nurse said that the soldiers raided a hospital and stole medicine. And they've taken hostage the medical staff inside the hospital in this town. The really scary thing is that this town is home to as many 50,000 or 60,000 people on any normal day.
So this could just be the tip of the iceberg of the people who have fled the fighting. And who will then will be coming to seek refuge in Uganda. As have nearly a million South Sudanese before them over the last year. The fighting between the two major armed groups in Sudan.
That's to say, the SPLA government forces and the SPLA and opposition forces. They are the major rebel group. The fighting between these two sides has spilled gradually southwards since July last year, engulfing more and more of the country. And creating what is now the largest refugee crisis in Africa.