Some 20,000 Sudanese refugees amass at South Sudan border

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Girl digs for water in Jamam refugee camp, South Sudan

About 20,000 Sudanese refugees have crossed into South Sudan after fleeing fighting in the Blue Nile State, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR).

The agency says thousands of the refugees have been moved to new camps and now they are in a race against time and bad weather to relocate the rest.

Many of the refugees who have arrived at the Elfoj border area have told UNHRC that they fled bombing and fighting between the Sudanese Armed Forces and rebels of the Sudan Liberation Army-North.

Adrian Edwards is UNHCR spokesperson in Geneva.

"As a result of the fighting, villagers have limited access to food and the fields for farming. A number of refugees have been taken to humanitarian run hospitals in poor health after surviving on tree leaves for some time. Refugees interviewed by UNHCR staff at Elfoj report that up to 40,000 more people could be en route to South Sudan. We are concerned about the refugees' safety in Elfoj due to their proximity to the border."

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