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Over 8,000 Sudanese Now Refugees In South Sudan, Says UN

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Posted: Jul 2, 2016 at 3:44 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


The UN humanitarian agency said at the weekend about 8,350 refugees from Sudan have fled into South Sudan since January due to five-year war in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states in Sudan.

The UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), has said in its latest report that South Sudan currently hosts 270,000 refugees, mainly from Sudan.

Report says South Sudan is itself home to some 1.69 million internally displaced people.

“Nearly 90 per cent of new arrivals are women and children. One child in every 10 is alone or without a family member,” the UN said.

It said over 7,500 out of 8,350 Sudanese refugees have settled in Ajoung Thok refugee camp in Pariany County in Unity.

It added that others arrived at Maban camp in Upper Nile, Lasu settlement in Central Equatoria and Makpandu in Western Equatoria.

“After arriving at Yida transit centre, refugees are transported after a few days by bus to Ajuong Thok, a camp established in 2013.

“They are provided with household items, plastic sheeting and poles to build a temporary home,’’ it noted.

The UN said children who were unaccompanied or separated from their families, were reunited with their families or placed in foster care.

“With nearly 41,000 Sudanese refugees already living in Ajuong Thok, the camp has almost reached its capacity.

“`The construction of a new camp is underway at Pamir, some 50 kilometres south of the border, to receive new arrivals and refugees who have been living in Yida for the past five years,” OCHA said.

The UN Central Emergency Reserve Fund has also allocated 6 million dollars to support the relocation of over 76,000 refugees from Yida to the new camp in Pamir.