GENEVA, July 4 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres warned today that the situation for refugees fleeing Sudan’s Blue Nile and South Kordofan states had become critical, with more than 200,000 people displaced into neighbouring South Sudan and Ethiopia and humanitarian efforts in South Sudan close to breaking point.

“The combination of difficult and dangerous conditions in South Sudan and the huge numbers of refugees arriving there mean our operations are severely stretched,” Guterres said. “And people are still arriving every day, many of them malnourished, and including unaccompanied children in groups.”

UNHCR field offices in Ethiopia and South Sudan say 211,700 refugees have so far arrived from Sudan’s Blue Nile and South Kordofan states. Some 36,700 of these are in the Assosa region of Ethiopia.

But the major pressure of this influx is on South Sudan, with 62,000 people in Unity state and 113,000 in Upper Nile state – most in remote areas lacking even basic infrastructure. Children and teenagers account for 52 per cent of the refugees in Assosa, 44 per cent in Upper Nile State and 65 per cent in Unity State. Read more…