News in Brief 12 May 2015 (AM)

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Internally displaced persons in Unity State, South Sudan. Photo: UNHCR

Thousands of people have left UN protection site in South Sudan

An estimated 3000 internally displaced persons are reported to have left a UN protection site in Juba in South Sudan fearing further reprisal attacks after communal fighting left one dead and 60 others injured.

The fighting started last Friday and resumed Sunday.

Some 2,500 people were escorted by South Sudanese authorities to an unknown location.

Joe Contreras, acting spokesperson of the UN Mission in South Sudan, said there is concern for the welfare of those who have left.

"We have asked South Sudanese authorities to notify us where they have been taken, also to grant us access to their location but we still don't have any firm information on their whereabouts."

Escalating tensions between ethnic groups in East Darfur

Serious concern has been expressed by the African Union-UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) over the recent escalation of tensions between the Rezeigat and the Ma'alia ethnic groups in East Darfur.

UNAMID said it is encouraging the leaders and members of both groups to exercise maximum restraint and engage in meaningful dialogue to resolve their dispute.

The Mission also welcomed the deployment of additional troops by the Government of Sudan to create a buffer zone.

Put migrant children's rights on EU agenda, urges UNICEF

The rights and wellbeing of migrant children need to be at the heart of Europe's immigration policy.

That's what the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) is calling for ahead of the adoption of the European Union Migration Agenda.

The death toll from seasonal Mediterranean crossings is estimated to already be more than 50 times the number during the same period last year.

UNICEF warned that with the warmer weather, the number of children making the dangerous trip is only expected to increase.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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