UN: 655,000 displaced in Sudan border states

By REUTERS
August 8, 2012 20:28

 
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KHARTOUM - Around 655,000 people have been displaced or severely affected by fighting between the Sudanese army and rebels in two southern border states, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

Fighting broke out between the Sudanese army and rebels of the SPLM-North in South Kordofan state around the time of South Sudan's independence a year ago. It spread to nearby Blue Nile state in September.

The United States and aid groups have warned of famine in both states, especially in areas held by rebels.

Around 520,000 people have fled fighting in South Kordofan alone, Mark Cutts, the acting UN humanitarian coordinator in Sudan told reporters in Khartoum. More than 200,000 people have fled to South Sudan and Ethiopia, he said.


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