IOM needs $10M to help Sudanese fleeing fighting

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IOM staff in Sudan

Thousands of Sudanese refugees continue to flee fighting and aerial bombardments in Sudan’s Blue Nile State.

Sudan and South Sudan have been battling over the oil rich region and recently the fighting has escalated.

The UN's refugee agency, along with the International Organization for Migration have teams in South Sudan’s Upper Nile region to assist the displaced with shelter, food and water.

According to UNHCR, more than 93,000 refugees have fled since the fighting erupted in September of last year. The majority of them are now sheltering in Doro and Jammam camps in Upper Nile State, according to IOM spokesperson Jumbe Omari Jumbe.

"The refugees still continue to arrive at the moment. Just last week alone about 3,000 of them arrived. They are generally in good shape although they've been travelling on foot for 4 or 5 days."

The UN has been demanding the two countries broker a peace deal. The Secretary-General is calling for a summit and the Security Council has said it may take action if nothing is done.

Duration: 17″

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