185,000 Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia and South Sudan need help

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Young refugees from Sudan's Blue Nile state collect water to wash with at Doro camp in South Sudan.

Up to 185,000 Sudanese refugees who have fled conflict in two states of Sudan into Ethiopia and South Sudan are in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR.

The agency is appealing for an additional $145 million to help the refugees who have fled fighting between the Sudanese armed forces and rebels in Blue Nile and South Kordofan states.

UNHCR spokesman, Adrian Edwards says many of the new arrivals are in remote areas that are close to the fighting and need to be urgently relocated.

"Since June 2011, heavy fighting between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-North) in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states has driven over 130,000 Sudanese refugees into Ethiopia and South Sudan. We anticipate continuing arrivals over the next months with clashes continuing and humanitarian conditions deteriorating in the conflict zones. More than 30,000 refugees have already been registered in the two countries so far this year. This is a pace of arrival that wasn't foreseen during our regular planning in 2012."

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