Refugee lives at risk as Sudan and South Sudan armies clash along the border

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South Sudanese refugees

Renewed border fighting between the national armies of Sudan and South Sudan is fueling concerns about the safety of thousands of Sudanese refugees camped near the disputed Lake Jau area in South Sudan's Unity State.

The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR says over 16,000 people who were displaced by fighting in and violence in the Nuba Mountains are housed in a settlement close to the border.

UNHCR says the safety of the refugees cannot be guaranteed as they are camped near a heavily militarized zone with recurrent fighting and bombing.

Melissa Fleming of UNHCR says talks are underway with local elders to convince the refugees to move to move away from the border to a more secure camp.

"Speaking with refugee leaders, they are very aware of the dangers. They say however, they prefer to stay face the dangers and be close to their communities back home in the Nuba mountains. They have agreed to relocate children so we do have quite a number of children who we've been able to relocate and also place in schools. We are not able to establish schools in these temporary settlements. We hope that we will be able to convince them for their own sake very soon."

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