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A new site for South Sudanese people fleeing conflict in the country has been opened by the United Nations in the town of Malakal.
The facility can accommodate up to 9,000 people.
It's intended to ease the congestion inside the main UN compound, which is hosting an estimated 19,000 people.
Inaugurating the site on Monday, Hilde Johnson, the head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said that as long as people felt afraid, they could rely on the protection of the UN.
UNMISS allowed access to its compounds to all unarmed civilians facing an imminent threat of physical violence when the crisis in South Sudan erupted in December last year.
Over 93,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) are currently living in 10 of the Mission's compounds across the country.
Meanwhile, the UN has confirmed that over 1, 450 cholera cases, including 31 deaths, have been reported in the country as of Saturday.
Daniel Dickinson, United Nations