35,000 displaced by recent fighting - UNHCR
JUBA, April 24 (UNHCR) – Recent fighting near the border between Sudan and South Sudan has displaced some 35,000 people in areas around Heglig, Talodi and other parts of Sudan's South Kordofan province.
The UN refugee agency does not have access to the areas in question, but UNHCR is channeling aid through local agencies. The figures for the number of displaced come through these partners.
In South Sudan, a spate of aerial bombings in recent weeks hit parts of Unity, Warrap and Western Bahr el Ghazal states.
UNHCR said the three refugee sites in Unity State - Pariang, Nyeel and Yida - have thus far not been directly affected.
"We have, nonetheless, seen an increase in the number of Sudanese refugees crossing the border, some of them seriously malnourished," said UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards.
In Unity State’s Yida settlement, more than 1,300 new arrivals were reported in the last four days.
Recent average daily arrivals (230) have been triple the rate seen in March and February.
Refugees say they left Sudan because of food shortages and fighting.
The escalating hostilities are heightening concerns about the safety of refugees in Unity state.
Yida is only a few kilometres from the border and has seen direct and indirect bombing and shelling over the past six months.
“We are advising them to urgently move to safer areas," Edwards noted.www.unhcr.org