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Sudan sees increasing number of displaced people

Aid workers are experiencing an increasing number of displaced southerners after recent fighting broke out between north and south Sudan as the referendum on southern independence approaches.

According to AllAfrica.com, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees has counted over 55,000 south Sudanese people returning to the region in recent weeks.

"In the sprawling camps for displaced people around Khartoum, thousands of southerners are packing their belongings and waiting to leave," said UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards.

UNAMID peacekeepers, who have been stationed to prevent armed attacks on the camps, have requested urgent humanitarian relief for the 2,000 refugees currently taking shelter at Khor Abeche, ReliefWeb reports.

The aid efforts continue to be focused on peacekeeping and violence protection, though the availability of food and clean water supplies are a rising issue among the growing masses of refugees. According to the World Food Programme, there may be an additional risk of irregular rainfall this season, which the WFP is working to correct with its food aid strategies.
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