South Sudanese flee to Ethiopia to escape violence in Jonglei State

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Members of the Luo Nuer gather under the shade of a tree in Ethiopia after fleeing from South Sudan's Jonglei state. © UNHCR/S.Tessema

Thousands of people from a community in South Sudan have fled to western Ethiopia to escape violence in their homeland, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reports.

The people, members of the Lou Nuer tribe in Jonglei State, are mostly women, children and the elderly.

They are escaping fresh fighting with a rival ethnic community.

Adrian Edwards is UNHCR spokesman in Geneva:

"An estimated 15,000 people have entered Ethiopia since mid-February. They cite clashes with rival Murle tribesmen and fear of reprisal attacks as the main reason for their flight. Many of them say they were displaced for weeks in Jonglei before they managed to reach Ethiopia."

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The Lou Nuer and Murle have been engaged in deadly attacks and counter attacks over cattle, grazing land and water for several years, according to UNHCR.

Fighting between the two communities in December and January, affected approximately 120,000 people in the Jonglei region of South Sudan.

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