Humanitarian situation worsens on South Sudan border: UN refugee chief

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Recent registration of new arrivals at the Yusuf Batil settlement in Maban, Upper Nile state, South Sudan.

 The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has warned of a sharply worsening humanitarian situation in South Sudan's Upper Nile State.

António Guterres says over the past three weeks an estimated 35,000 refugees have arrived there from Sudan's Blue Nile State.

This is on top of an existing refugee population there of approximately 70,000.

Derrick Mbatha reports.

Mr. Guterres says the arrival of the refugees is "a dramatic change in an already difficult humanitarian situation."

He says many of the refugees are in "shockingly bad" condition and report having to eat nothing but leaves as they made their way across the border.

The refugees are fleeing fighting between the Sudanese Armed Forces and rebels of the Sudan Liberation Army-North.

UNHCR is concerned about the safety of the refugees who are too close to the border and bus and tractor-trailer transport is being provided to move them further inland.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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