Over 35,000 Sudanese flee Nuba Mountains region to South Sudan

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Refugees in Yida explain their concerns to UNHCR staff

Worsening security and humanitarian conditions in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan are driving thousands of refugees into neighbouring South Sudan.

The UN Refugee agency (UNHCR ) says the refugee population in Yida camp in South Sudan has swollen to more than 35,000 and is expected to exceed 40,000 by the end of the month as more displaced people arrive from the Nuba Mountains.

Melissa Fleming from UNHCR says the majority of the arriving refugees are seriously malnourished having walked for days to reach Yida camp.

"These arrivals for us are a sign of an ever worsening security, humanitarian and food insecurity situation across the border in South Kordofan. Every single day we are receiving about 430 refugees. Yida is the most dangerous refugee settlement in South Sudan. We are urging refugees to voluntarily move away from the borders to the established camps that are much further distant and much safer for their own sake. We are improving the conditions though in Yida because of the reluctance of these refugees to leave."   Duration:  41"

UNHCR says it's concerned about the security of the refugees at the Yida camp, which is located near the border with Sudan.

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