Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

At Sudanese border, long wait to leave Southern war behind  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - AFP - 17/01/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!


(MENAFN - AFP) Some walked, others were luckier and hitched a ride, but all ended up waiting in the sun at the Sudanese border checkpoint to cross and leave South Sudan's war behind. Hundreds of crying children and exhausted adults have converged on the border point at Joda, where Sudan's White Nile state meets the South's Upper Nile, which saw heavy fighting this week.They are among an estimated 10,000 who have fled north to #Sudan as part of an exodus which the UN's refugee agency UNHCR says has seen almost 80,000 people escape battles between rebel and government forces in South #Sudan over the past month."I fled from my home before sunset, and spent the night in a forest," a South Sudanese woman told AFP.

Like others in Joda, the woman who asked not to be named, said she had come from Malakal, Upper Nile's capital about 300 kilometres (190 miles) southwest of the border."There was heavy fighting in Malakal," said the 25-year-old woman.On Monday, rebels staged an assault to seize back the town, where tank battles were reported in the streets. Both the government and rebels have claimed to control the community.The woman said she caught a ride with a truck and reached Joda on Wednesday.Others have been waiting at the border gate for longer, after arriving with not much more than some spare clothes carried in bags or wrapped in blankets.Some pushed wheelbarrows loaded with mats and other belongings. "We have been waiting here four days," said Samuel John, also a former Malakal resident.He said they have neither received any aid nor been allowed to cross into Sudan.

"We are still at the border gate because the Sudanese authorities asked us for our identity documents. But we don't have any because we are fleeing the war," John said.What the refugees want, he added, is transport "to anywhere in Sudan".UNHCR described as "nomads" the thousands who have fled north from South Sudan's violence, primarily to Sudan's Kordofan region, but says it has not had access to verify exact numbers.The official SUNA news agency on Thursday said up to 3,000 southern refugees have reached White Nile and Kordofan.Vice-President Bakri Hassan Saleh has ordered that they be given aid, SUNA said."We came because we heard that President Bashir ordered authorities to open the border for us," but the gate remains shut, said another escapee from Malakal, David Jiha.Still, they are more fortunate than some.At least 200 South Sudanese drowned in a ferry accident on the White Nile river while fleeing Malakal's violence, an army spokesman said on Tuesday.The same day, the United Nations said one person was killed and dozens wounded by gunfire which fell on its Malakal compound where 20,000 people had sought safety."We ask the UN and international agencies to help these women and children," Jiha said at the border post in a flat landscape dotted with low trees.Some of the displaced southerners have attached blankets to the branches, forming rough shelters where they hide from the burning sun.

 


AFP




  MENA News Headlines
 Apr 27 2017 - Bomb kills four soldiers in SW PakistanMuscat Daily
(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) An improvised explosive device hit a Frontier Corps vehicle on Sunday in the restive southwestern Pakistani province of Balochistan, killing four soldiers and wounding three ...

 Apr 27 2017 - Ivanka forced to defend Trump at women's summitMuscat Daily
(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Berlin- Ivanka Trump, making her overseas debut as the US "First Daughter" at a women's summit in Berlin on Tuesday, was forced to defend her father's attitude ...

 Apr 27 2017 - 20 dead after boat capsizes in Senegal: firefightersMuscat Daily
(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Dakar- At least 20 people, the vast majority of them women, were killed when a wooden boat capsized off the coast of central Senegal in a delta region popular with tourists, ...

 Apr 27 2017 - More Antarctic protections urged on World Penguin DayMuscat Daily
(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Sydney- The world needs to do more to protect the Antarctic wilderness and its wildlife, scientists warned Tuesday, as they marked World Penguin Day. The flightless ...

 Apr 27 2017 - Russia says foiled IS attack on far east oil hub SakhalinMuscat Daily
(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Moscow- Russia's FSB security service said Wednesday it had foiled an attack by supporters of the Islamic State group on the far eastern island of Sakhalin, an oil and gas ...

 Apr 27 2017 - Death toll in Pakistan roadside bomb rises to 13: officialsMuscat Daily
(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Peshawar- The death toll from a roadside bomb targeting a passenger vehicle in Pakistan's northwest rose to 13 on Wednesday as three critically injured people died overnight ...

 Apr 27 2017 - Japan disaster minister resigns over quake gaffeMuscat Daily
(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Tokyo- Japan's gaffe-prone disaster reconstruction minister resigned Wednesday after remarking it was lucky the catastrophic 2011 earthquake-tsunami had hit a largely rural ...

 Apr 27 2017 - N. Korea hails 'largest ever' firing drillMuscat Daily
(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Seoul- North Korea on Wednesday hailed its largest-ever firing drill, overseen by leader Kim Jong-Un to mark a key military anniversary amid high tensions in the region. ...

 Apr 27 2017 - Trump picks trade fight with CanadaMuscat Daily
(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Washington- Trade tensions spiked between Washington and Ottawa on Tuesday as President Donald Trump accused Canada of being "very rough" on America and threatened ...

 Apr 27 2017 - Three soldiers killed in Indian Kashmir attackMuscat Daily
(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Srinagar- Suspected militants attacked an army garrison in Indian Kashmir on Thursday, killing three soldiers amid an uptick in violence in the restive region. The ...

more...


 





Google

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Search News
Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help