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South Sudan sees a sharp rise in refugees: UNHCR

English.news.cn   2012-11-17 01:34:41            

GENEVA, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- South Sudan's largest refugee settlement Yida has seen a sharp rise of refugees with 2,100 new arrivals over the past week due to intensified fighting in South Kordofan, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Friday.

After being registered by UNHCR, refugees go through medical and nutritional screening and receive an emergency food ration, UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards said.

More than 85 per cent of the new arrivals are women and children, with 99 children below five were identified as malnourished.

Refugees said on the Sudanese side of the border, more people were heading towards Yida. UNHCR anticipates further refugee arrivals between now and January due to the onset of the dry season and resumption of military activities in South Kordofan.

As of last week, there were 175,668 Sudanese refugees in South Sudan due to fighting and insecurity, said Edwards.

Editor: yan
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