Thousands more refugees flee South Sudan for Ethiopia

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More than 11,000 refugees from South Sudan have crossed the border into Ethiopia over the past three days, since government forces captured the rebel stronghold of Nasir in the Greater Upper Nile region over the weekend.

The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, says that the refugees have arrived in the Ethiopian town of Burubiey, a small remote community on the shores of the Baro River which marks the border between the two countries.

Adrian Edwards, spokesperson for UNHCR, says that the vast majority of new arrivals are women and children, although an increasing number of men are now also fleeing the country: "Refugees are telling us this time that more people are on their way, many people are amassed on the South Sudanese side of the border waiting to cross the river on one of the few small ferry boats.

The newly arrived refugees, all ethnic Nuers, report thousands more people are fleeing Nasir, which is just 30 km from this area and the border."

More than 110,000 refugees have fled from South Sudan to Ethiopia since the outbreak of violence last December. Another 205,000 refugees have fled to Uganda, Sudan and Kenya while around 923,000 people are displaced inside South Sudan itself. It's believed that more than 1.3 million people have been displaced since the crisis began.

Nicki Chadwick, United Nations, Geneva.

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