Friday, March 27, 2009

UNHCR: 16,000 refugees from DR Congo have fled to South Sudan

The various rebel attacks in North Kivu, DR Congo have since last year displaced over 250,000 people, while in Orientale region, nearly 190,000 have been displaced in the last six months, and some 16,000 refugees have fled to South Sudan.

Source: Friday, 27 March 2009 report by UNHCR. See this site's sister blog Congo Watch: FDLR and PARECO have surrounded the village of Pinga, some 80 km north-east of Walikale in North Kivu
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South Sudan on the brink of collapse
Source: Refugees International (RI) via ReliefWeb
Date: Thursday, 26 March 2009 - excerpt:
Refugees International also expressed concern over increasing localized conflict and instances of insecurity. Communities voiced concerns to RI about the lack of police patrols and lack of protection by the Government of Southern Sudan and the UN peacekeeping mission in southern Sudan (UNMIS). According to UN statistics, from January to November 2008, 187,000 people were forcibly displaced by tribal and armed conflict in south Sudan. RI is concerned that UNMIS, the UN and non-governmental organizations have yet to develop clear contingency planning and protection strategies in the case of large outbreaks of violence.
It's a wonder that anyone in the Sudanese government can get important work done to help the people of Sudan when ruthless rebels and ICC sap everyone's time and energy day in day out, month after month, year after year. To me it looks like chaos by design and has the hallmarks of Al-Qaeda.

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