Sudan warns of new influx of refugees from South Sudan

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - South Sudanese refugees in Sudan's White Nile State have reached 150,000, with thousands more expected to arrive, UN and government sources said on Thursday.

The Chairman of the Refugee Technical Coordination Committee in that State, which shares borders with South Sudan, Tayyib Mohamed Abdulla, told the governmental Sudanese Media Centre (SMC) that those refugees who fled the war at home were now hosted in two camps in Jebelain area and six other camps in Al-Salam area, a few miles away from the border.

According to the official those camps were full and new camps must be established to accommodate an expected new influx of refugees.

Indicating the impact of the presence of the refugees, Abdulla complained that they share the public services with the local community, reduce the vegetation by cutting down trees for fuel and pollute the environment by burning those trees.

The UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA) estimates that about 200,000 new South Sudanese refugees would arrive in Sudan during 2018.

UN High Commission for Refugee (UNHCR) meanwhile said about 770,000 South Sudanese refugees were in Sudan by mid-January. Government sources say the number is 1.3 million distributed in the White Nile, South Kordufan, East Darfur and Khartoum states.

An African Union mediation has failed to put an end to the conflict pitting President Salva Kiir against his former first vice president Riek Machar.
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15 february 2018 10:12:42

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