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Quoted: "Sudden surge" in the number of refugees fleeing South Kordofan
May 9, 2012 by The IRC
|Hundreds of desperate Sudanese are arriving each day in South Sudan’s already overwhelmed Yida refugee camp—most of them women and children. Photo: Marion Dols/IRC|
Quoting an International Rescue Committee statement, the BBC today reported that aid workers in South Sudan's Yida refugee camp say there has been a big rise recently in the number of people fleeing fighting in South Kordofan, in neighboring Sudan.
"In just a couple of months, the camp population has nearly doubled and is about to hit the 30,000 mark ... The sudden surge in new arrivals is putting a huge strain on resources. Many refugees are struggling to find enough wood and grass to build shelters, while more medical supplies are needed to treat the newly-arrived, many of whom suffer from malnutrition and exhaustion."
- IRC statement
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