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Over 80,000 Sudanese seek refuge in South Sudan: UN

(Xinhua)

09:31, January 11, 2012

GENEVA, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- Recent fighting in Sudan's Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states has forced more than 80,000 Sudanese refugees to flee across the border into Unity and Upper Nile States in South Sudan, another 33,000 sought refuge in neighboring Ethiopia, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said here on Tuesday.

According to UNHCR, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres, who is currently visiting South Sudan said the country could face "a humanitarian disaster of enormous proportions" in the absence of international assistance.

After meeting with Sudanese refugees in Doro camp in Mabaan region on Sunday, Guterres called on the international community to provide massive humanitarian support for South Sudan, which faces multiple displacement crises.

In the main time, a massive humanitarian airlift is being carried out by the UN Refugee Agency in South Sudan. So far, UNHCR has completed 27 flights from its emergency stockpiles in Kenya and Dubai and delivered 2,300 family tents, 16,000 kitchen sets, 36,000 blankets, 21,000 jerry cans, plastic sheets, sleeping mats, mosquito nets and other essential relief items to the refugees.

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