Relocation of South Sudanese in Sudan welcomed by UN

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Tomping internally displaced persons (IDPs) camp. UN Photo/Isaac Billy

The decision by the Sudanese authorities to relocate over 30,000 South Sudanese refugees from an area at risk of flooding and disease has been welcomed by the United Nations.

Thousands of people have fled to Sudan since fighting started in December last year between government and opposition forces in South Sudan.

The UN humanitarian agency (OCHA) says that heavy rains are expected to start in the coming weeks in the location known as "Kilo 10" in White Nile State where the South Sudanese refugees are sheltering.

Jens Laerke is Spokesperson for OCHA in Geneva.

"The current location of this large group of people has grave humanitarian consequences in particular on the health and sanitation conditions due to possible water borne diseases. The movement of these South Sudanese refugees to a better location will enable the provision of assistance and avert a potential humanitarian crisis for this group of people." (19).

The United Nations in Sudan has also urged the Government to allow free and rapid movement of international humanitarian workers to access the refugees and ensure the delivery of humanitarian assistance in White Nile and Blue Nile States.

Currently UN agencies are facing serious bureaucratic constraints which are limiting their ability to respond to the needs of the affected people.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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