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Aid agencies prepare for rainy season in Yida refugee camp


By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

May 15, 2012 (BENTIU) - Humanitarian agencies in South Sudan who are supporting refugees from conflicts in Sudan have warned that seasonal rains, which have already begun in some areas, will make existing bad conditions in refugee camps worse and restrict access to many areas and increase the risk of disease.

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UNHCR and WFP distributing non food items to Sudanese refugees as the rainy season approach in Yida Camp, Unity State, South Sudan. 15 May 2012 (ST)

A group of leading humanitarian agencies warned Tuesday of a deepening the current hunger crisis in the region and that many refugees will be trapped in unstable areas. Conflict in Sudan’s South Kordofan and Blue Nile States has forced 151,000 refugees to cross the border into South Sudan and Ethiopia.

In Yida refugee camp in South Sudan’s Unity State, the UN World Food Programme is erecting 10 stores to hold food before the rains begin to feed the 31,000 people there, who fled from the Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan.

UN agencies working in Yida say they have seen an increase in the number of people arriving in the camp and have seen conditions worsen.

Many of the those arriving are suffering from severe malnutrition as their livelihoods have been destroyed by fighting and they have been unable to grow crops.

Geoffrey Pinnock, WFP’s emergency officer in Yida told Sudan Tribune that on arrival children receive high energy biscuits and families received two weeks worth of food. After that they receive food once a month. During the raining season Yida will be cut off by road, so WFP is attempting to stock pile food to last until the roads are passable.

“For every month one single person will receive 15 kilograms of maize or sorghum, they will receive 1.5 kilograms of lentos or yellow peas and they will receive oil and salt as well so they cook, if they have a family of 10 they will receive ten times these ratios for one month”, said Pinnock.


There are around 560 children in Yida refugee camp who have been separated from their parents, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

Juraselem Tom Yassin a 17-year-old girl told Sudan Tribune on Sunday that she has lost contact with her parents since July 2011, describing life away from her parents in the refugee camp as "horrible." She said that her life in the Nuba Mountains before conflict was much better compared to living as a refugee without her parents and family.

Amjuma Ali Kuku, who is caring for the children, said many children run away from their parents due to frequent attacks by the Sudanese Army Forces in South Kordofan. She added that majority of the 560 children were aged between 5 and 17-years-old.

“I monitor these girls as my children because they are without parents, and then I managed them with their sisters like other people I put them in groups."

Kuku said, she received some help from Samaritan Purse International Relief for the setting up the hostel for children without parents in the refugee camp.

Yida camp has been the target of aerial bombardments from the Sudan Armed Forces in July 2011. The UN condemned the bombardments, which Khartoum denies. According to Hussein Algumbulla a leader of Nuba refugees in Yida the situation is now calm.

Hussein said there was an increase of refugees in Yida coming from South Kordofan. He added that more than 1,500 refugees arrived in Yida in the last two weeks due to fighting between the SPLA-N and the Sudanese government.


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  • 16 May 2012 06:30, by Ayom Dor

    Appreciate the UN Agencies coz these refugees were made homeless and helpless by the regime in Khartoum, the rainy season could be worst this year..Helps to them will save lifes and the people of South Sudan will welcome it..

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    • 16 May 2012 06:59, by Abraham Ayom
      • 16 May 2012 07:05, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

        Abraham Ayom
        Your SPLA/M are only money collecters in the name of those poors while the money goes back to European banks in their accounts.

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    • 16 May 2012 07:11, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

      Ayom Dor
      Do you believe that the coming UN help will go to those refugees??????????
      Do you believe that the coming UN help will go to those refugees??????????

      Iam sure 90% will be taken by the families of the leaders of SPLA/M.

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      • 16 May 2012 07:25, by Ayom Dor

        To Mahamned!
        Think positively dear, SPLM will not hv access to this aids money, think of shame khartoum gave to the dignity of the people of Darfurians, Blue Nileans and Khordofans! Grow up!

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  • 16 May 2012 06:58, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

    You better tell KIR the belind follower of ISRAEL to concentrate in helping those whom you called refugees.

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  • 16 May 2012 07:00, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

    White Jews migrate to all parts of the world and want equal rights but black people cannot have equal rights in Israel.

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  • 16 May 2012 07:01, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

    The black Hebrews share many aspects of Judaism, including observing the Sabbath and rites of circumcision, instructing their children in Hebrew, celebrating Jewish holidays and studying the Torah, the book of Jewish laws

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    • 16 May 2012 07:18, by Dinka land

      @Mahmoud . I genuinely bemused about you. You said you are from western part of Sudan that its innocent civilians are suffering, attacks, rapp and the children are put into the fire by Khartoum government and yet you don’t know what you are doing. Is not that one ashame now on you? You better know where you came from.

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    • 16 May 2012 07:27, by viper

      You know Mohamud, the most absent minded Arab boy that I have seen in this week on Sudantribune is you. You have no logic and you also use to leave the point and touch what is not related to the topic. The way you make your comments indicates that you are a confused and Islamized Darfuris in the western world. You need to change this attitude of writing and be logical. Even those of Jalaby are nea

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      • 16 May 2012 07:34, by viper

        Near to logic more than you. You got introduced recently on sudantribune comments with your long name and yet, you didn,t observe how we response to each other, you just registered and started commenting as if you are a crazy human person. You need to know that in the society of intellectuals, any answer should be related to the topic and any topic should be considered the subject of discussion, w

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        • 16 May 2012 07:54, by Kurnyel

          Are these agencies going to stop rain from droping from sky? if not why are you people so happy yet the war is not yet finish.

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  • 16 May 2012 10:19, by E. Defense Forces

    Stop fighting over foreign Aid, just be like the Equatorians and develop your land. Equatoria Tower http://www.southsudanhub.com/media/838/Equatoria_Tower/

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  • 14 February 2013 19:31, by dennishobson

    Good article , thanks and we want more! Added to FeedBurner as well you have deck modular | Ssangyong a great blog here! would you like to make some invite posts on my blog?

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