Sudanese Refugees Displaced to South Sudan

About 160,000 Sudanese refugees have so far been displaced from Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan States to South Sudan following the Khartoum government’s war with rebel groups, the United Nations has said.

Sudanese Refugees Displaced to South Sudan
UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs in South Sudan Lise Grande. [Gurtong/ Waakhe Simon Wudu]

By Waakhe Simon Wudu

JUBA, 08 June 2012 [Gurtong] – In a statement, the UN said humanitarian agencies in the country are now focused on responding to the increasing influx of the Sudanese refugees into South Sudan’s Upper Nile State, bordering Blue Nile and Unity State that borders Southern Kordofan.

“The total number of Sudanese refugees in Unity and Upper Nile states now stands at close to 160,000 people, with people reportedly arriving in extremely poor physical condition”, read the statement.

Fighting between the Sudanese government and the former opposition political party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/North (SPLM/N), now considered rebel group by the Khartoum government, has remained the main factor of conflict in Sudan.

Meanwhile the UN has also reported that the political tensions between South Sudan and Sudan and the sealing of the border between the two states has hampered the flow of food and other commercial supplies from Sudan to key markets in border states of Unity, Northern Bahr El Ghazal, Warrap and Upper Nile.

“This has reduced food and essential household supplies in key markets that support household food security for over 40 per cent of moderately food secure households. This poses a risk that current moderately food insecure people could slip into severe food insecurity, affecting over 917,000 people”, read the statement.


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