UNHCR to move refugees away from volatile Sudanese border areas

Sudanese refugees rest next to their UNHCR tent inside South Sudan.

The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, plans to relocate 20,000 refugees to safer areas in South Sudan, following an increase in violence on its border with Sudan.

The refugees, who have fled fighting in Sudan's South Kordofan and Blue Nile states, are camped around Yida town, which came under attack from Sudanese warplanes earlier this month.

UNHCR has prepared a site for the refugees further south in Unity State and hopes to voluntarily relocate them in a week's time.

For months Sudan has been attacking what it calls are rebel groups in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.

UNHCR's Raouf Mazou forecasts that many more refugees would leave Sudan for neighbouring South Sudan and Ethiopia by the year end.

“If the trends we are seeing continue we are likely to see in the coming weeks or by the end of the year, 100,000 refugees fleeing from Sudan into South Sudan and Ethiopia"

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