UNHCR speeding relocation of Darfur refugees away from Tissi border

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Refugees from the Darfur region of Sudan sit in the desert sand at the Oure-Cassoni camp in eastern Chad. [UNHCR/E.Cue]

In southeast Chad, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is speeding relocation of refugees from Tissi – a settlement located a few miles from the borders with Sudan and the Central African Republic – to a site some 30 kilometres northwest at Ab Gadam.

Over the past two weeks more than 5,000 refugees have been moved. This is in addition to more than 1,800 refugees who were transferred last month to Goz Amir, an established camp 240 kilometres further north.

UNHCR Spokesperson Melissa Fleming says since mid- May, the agency and its partners have been relocating refugees at a rate of around 500 per day, using truck and bus convoys.

“There continues to be Darfur refugees in Chad and UNHCR is making a very strong effort to relocate them away from the border to a camp that we're establishing. The rainy season is coming as well as we have much concern that this lies in the border area where these – about 20,000 are settled in a very volatile area.”

Ms. Fleming says this is as a result of clashes in Darfur which she describes as "worrying" that continues to drive people across the border.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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