Thousands of civilians are displaced by fighting in South Sudan's Jonglei State

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Mothers and their children near Pibor, in Jonglei state, South Sudan, who have been displaced by ethnic tensions in the area

Fighting in South Sudan's Jonglei State has displaced tens of thousands of civilians, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR).

The agency says the conflict between government forces and armed groups has been going on since March this year.

UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards says the agency is alarmed by the fighting, particularly in Pibor County.

"In Pibor County in particular, we have seen increased tension, serious allegations of a break-down in law and order, evidenced among other things by indiscriminate abuses and looting of civilian property, and significant and worrying reports of human rights violations. Most of Pibor County's 148,000 people are affected; many have been displaced more than once by the hostilities. Many people have fled to the bush and to areas that are hard to reach." (25")

Adrian Edwards says that the security constraints have made it difficult for the UN refugee agency to monitor the situation and to respond to humanitarian needs.

He adds that many displaced civilians in South Sudan are walking long distances to find sanctuary in Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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