More Sudanese refugees flee south to escape fighting and hungerListen /
Fresh air and ground attacks in Sudan’s South Kordofan state are causing a renewed population influx to South Sudan, says the UN Refugee agency UNHCR.
About 100 refugees are arriving daily at the border town of Yida, many of them in poor health and without any belongings.
UNHCR says some refugees said they also fled because of acute food shortages in South Kordofan.
The refugee camp in Yida is currently hosting more than 64,200 refugees and UNHCR says the number is likely to reach 80,000 by the end of the year if the fighting in South Kordofan escalates.
Melissa Fleming from UNHCR says some of the refugees had crossed the border with arms which is a major threat to security in the refugee camp.
“Because of the proximity to the border it is inevitable that arms and combatants could become a presence or are a presence on the camps and that recruitment is more likely to take place. We have been supporting the government in efforts to prevent this, or to weed this out. We are concerned though however that there was a search recently for weapons in the settlement and this has led to some incidence of arbitrary detention and abuse of refugees and we are trying to monitor this and see if we can get those who are being detained released." (Duration 35")