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Nearly 300 Sudanese refugees cross into S. Sudan daily: UNHCR

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January 31, 2012 (JUBA) – At least 300 refugees from Sudan’s South Kordofan are crossing the border into Yida, South Sudan’s largest refugee camp, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said.

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The influx of refugees, it says, calls for creation of new sites away from the “volatile” border area where Yida, currently hosting an estimated 61,000 Sudanese refugees, is located. The move, it added, seeks to ensure the safety of the refugees and maintain the civilian character of the settlement.

However, while a new site was chosen in South Sudan’s Unity State for one such settlement, UNHCR says it plans to open other camps in the state in order to settle these people.

About 20,000 people, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) says, were in January displaced, following renewed fighting between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – North (SPLM-N), which intensified in October last year.

Meanwhile, over 67,000 displaced people, according to IOM and the government-initiated Voluntary Return and Resettlement Commission (VRRC), were registered in 13 localities of South Kodofan between January and November 2012.

“IOM, in collaboration with the VRRC and with support from HAC [Humanitarian Aid Commission] in South Kordofan, is currently collating and verifying the number of returnees to South Kordofan following the October clashes,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) says in its 21-27 January bulletin.

In addition, VRRC say it estimates that over 160,000 people from South Kordofan remain displaced in neighbouring states within Sudan.

Absence of a proper framework to provide overall guidance to planning and implementation of return assistance, IOM maintains, is a major setback to emergency assistance provision in South Kordofan.

In a related development, amnesty international has expressed concerns over the plight of people facing the brunt of conflict in Sudan’s conflict region.

Alex Neve, the Secretary General, Amnesty International Canada, who visited South Kordofan, last week, said the bombings of innocent civilians in the region by Sudanese government forces violates international humanitarian law.

“There is absolutely no doubt that this indefensible bombing campaign violates international humanitarian law – the repeated indiscriminate air attacks, as well as possibly direct attacks on civilians, by the Sudanese armed forces, constitute war crimes. So why does it attract so little international attention?” he asked.

Neve, in an article published on Amnesty’s global human rights blog, also wondered why the UN Security Council resolutions only “urge and encourage but do not condemn and deplore” the negative things happening in South Kordofan.

"The Sudanese government plays games with UN, African Union and other officials, promising that aid access will open up, but consistently failing to follow through.”

He describes the Sudanese government’s “cruel” refusal to allow independent humanitarian access to this area as part of the tripartite arrangement, as an action “beyond measure”.

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  • 1 February 2013 08:15, by Green is beautiful

    Late them comes they are our african brothers.South Sudan

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    • 1 February 2013 09:17, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      South Kordofan citizen and the south sudanses have commonality is so many things,they are welcome to their brothers and sisters land have no worried,
      OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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    • 1 February 2013 16:28, by Tiitrot

      YOU ARE ALL WELCOME TO SOUTH SUDAN YOUR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN, LEAVE THOSE GAYS ALONE AND COME TO REST FROM THE SUFFERING.

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  • 1 February 2013 13:25, by siddaw

    That’s a good move since our South Sudan is beacon of PEACE to all those glutonic plonkers who acknowledge themselves as Jalaba. We’re here to host them whenever their internal conflicts are intensifying.

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  • 1 February 2013 13:30, by Joseph Canada

    These people should demand for Separation to have their own State. They should demand for the referendum!!!

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  • 1 February 2013 13:45, by Turism

    Waaw! they don’t have somewhere to go only south sudan these selfish guys?

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    • 1 February 2013 15:04, by Rezingving monynok

      heey crab turris or terrorist
      how do you see south Sudan ? this report was reported by UN and to tell you South Sudan is strong can welcome whoever wanted to come ,

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      • 1 February 2013 19:01, by Peacocktail

        Wellcome our PEOPLE!
        UNHCR had really help our people in Camps Nuba MTs and BN, wellcome them to their second home,thiers fallen brothers and sisters had cemented South Sudan. no reason for not wellcoming them with open hands and hearts.Take our brothers and sisters to where they can cultivate and harvest a product such that no more home sick in their faces. God Bless South Sudanese for generosity

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    • 1 February 2013 19:07, by Peacocktail

      President Bashir and Haroun Mohemad smile after killing and displacing the civilians from theirs homes for no reasons. hyprocacy and hatred against black people. Surely nothing will go unturn in Sudan. they are happy today but sadness shall soon step into their hearts and mind for mistakenly killings civilians.SRF/SPLA-N shall forge for real CHANGE to free the opressed and prosecuted Sudanese.

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