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Sudanese flee to Kenya

14 June 2012

by a staff reporter

VIOLENCE is forcing families to flee Sudan, over the border into Kenya, where refugee camps are already overstretched, say reports from aid agencies.

In some cases, refugees are returning to camps they left a few years before, when the end of the civil war in Sudan in 2005 tempted them home.

A refugee camp in north-west Kenya, run by the Lutheran World Federation, has taken in 1000 refugees a month from South Sudan this year. Médicins Sans Frontières (MSF) said that up to 4000 a day were crossing the border, and 30,000 were living in makeshift shelters.

Those who arrived were frail and malnourished, and had to abandon the elderly or vul­nerable on the journey, MSF staff said.

The UN reported that Sudanese troops had withdrawn from the disputed border area of Abeyi, as negotiators from both sides met to begin talks. Negotiations began only after the UN threatened sanctions unless the two sides returned to the table (News, 11 May).

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