South Sudan's million-strong refugee crisis is a test for the World Bank

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It’s time for the bank and the Global Partnership for Education to spend money they have set aside for these emergencies

Imagine, if you will, a city the size of Birmingham with a population of a million or so. Now imagine that a disaster has befallen that metropolis, a brutal war that has caused its citizens to flee with little more than the clothes on their backs. Picture the lines of refugees heading west to find a place of safety, which they eventually find across the border in Wales. There, despite severe financial constraints, the million displaced people are met with warmth and generosity.

This is not a science-fiction story. Substitute South Sudan for Birmingham and Wales for Uganda and you get an inkling of what is happening in one of the poorest parts of the world’s poorest continent.

Related: 'The refugees are like our brothers': Uganda's example to the world – in pictures

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