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May 25, 2012

South Sudan Food Aid Needed Growing Number of Refugees Says UNHCR

In South Sudan refugees line up for food aid
 Photo: Jean-Marc Jacobs/MSF

UNHCR - South Sudan Food Aid Needs are Increasing at Yida and Upper Nile Camps

Food aid is in great demand in South Sudan as the UNHCR's refugee camp at Yida increases in population to 35,000. Yida is located just inside the South Sudanese border, in the state of Western Upper Nile, which is located on the south side of the Nuba mountains.  Officials estimate that Yida's population may reach 40,000 by early June 2012. The reason cited for the increasing number of refugees fleeing to the camp - "security and humanitarian conditions in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan."

Refugees arriving at Yida are hungry and increasingly in a condition of malnourishment. Upon arriving at Yida, they are given water and high energy biscuits. Following a health screening, they are provided with an initial two-week World Food Programme (WFP) food ration.

The UNHCR is also concerned about the growing number of refugees in Upper Nile state. These refugees are fleeing conditions in the Blue Niger state of Sudan. They cite their reasons for migrating to refugee camps as hunger and continuing fighting between the Sudanese armed forces and the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N). The total number of refugees in South Sudan's Upper Nile state currently stands at an estimated 80,000.

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