Fighting forces 20,000 Sudanese refugees to flee to Ethiopia

Refugees from Sudan can relax in Ethiopia after fleeing from Sudan's Blue Nile State.

Fighting  in the Blue Nile State of Sudan between Sudanese forces and a break-away militia from South Sudan has forced 20,000 people to flee to Ethiopia.

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) says many refugees want to remain near the border so they can return home quickly to harvest crops and look after livestock.

UNHCR spokesperson, Fatoumata Lejeune-Kaba says there were reports of renewed fighting on Tuesday this week, forcing more people to flee to Ethiopia.

"4,000 people, and the largest number on a single day, crossed the border into Kurmuk, western Ethiopia. The majority were women and children including some 200 of the children arriving separated from their families or completely unaccompanied. Many brought livestock and other personal property, fearing an escalation in the fighting that would prevent their early return. There are an estimated 20,000 Sudanese refugees who crossed into Ethiopia over the past week."

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