More Sudanese refugees arrive at South Sudan’s Yida settlement

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Sudanese refugees at the Yida settlement in South Sudan

More than 2,000 Sudanese refugees have arrived at South Sudan's largest refugee settlement in Yida over the past week to escape fighting in their country, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR).

UNHCR says it is building a water point on the road between Yida and the border to ensure refugees have access to drinking water.

The agency says its teams are monitoring the route to the border and transporting the most vulnerable to Yida.

According to UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards, there has been a sharp increase of new refugee arrivals.

"Over the past week there have been 2,100 new arrivals most of them on Wednesday. The refugees say the reason for their flight is intensified fighting in South Kordofan just across the border. More than 85 per cent of the new arrivals are women and children, many of them exhausted after having walked for days. Ninety-nine children below five have been identified as malnourished and are being cared for. After being registered by UNHCR, refugees go through medical and nutritional screening." (Duration: 28")

Adrian Edwards says the refugees receive emergency food rations as well as relief items such as jerry cans and kitchen sets to help them settle.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

Duration: 1’25″

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