50,000 Sudanese refugees receive aid in South Sudan

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Supplies were loaded onto a C-130 aircraft in Nairobi. Today they reached South Sudan aboard the first of 18 flights planned for the airlift.

An airlift operation from Kenya to South Sudan has been launched to help about 50,000 refugees who have fled fighting in the Blue Nile State and Kordofan State in Sudan.

According to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) which is conducting the operation, many families left with few belongings and walked for weeks through the bush to reach South Sudan.

UNHCR spokesman, Adrian Edwards says the first of 18 flights left Nairobi on Tuesday morning carrying 12 tonnes of supplies.

"The remaining 17 flights will deliver approximately 270 tons of relief from our global stockpiles in Nairobi. At Malakal, these are going to be taken by road to the two separate areas in Maban County in Upper Nile State or westwards to Unity State. In the coming weeks we hope to additionally be sending around 10,000 tents to South Sudan from our warehouse in Dubai."

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