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SRCS says South Sudanese refugees in Sudan near one million 

KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- The Sudanese Red Crescent Society (SRCS) announced on Monday that numbers of South Sudanese refugees in Sudan has reached one million.

“The numbers of South Sudanese refugees in Sudan has reached one million,” Hussein Suleiman Abu Saleh, SRCS Chairman, said in a statement.

“The daily flow of refugees constitutes a big challenge, as the SRCS provides assistance for nearly 180,000 refugees in 10 camps including eight camps in the White Nile State and two camps in the East Darfur State,” he noted.

Border crossings between Sudan and South Sudan are witnessing continuous influxes of refugees fleeing war and famine in South Sudan, forcing Sudanese authorities to consider establishing new waiting stations to meet the increasing numbers of new arrivals.

On Aug. 15 last year, Sudan officially decided to consider the South Sudanese fleeing the war in their country as refugees, opening the door for the United Nations (UN) to provide them with aid and funded programs.

Recently, famine was officially declared in South Sudan.

The South Sudanese government and the UN stated that 100,000 people are facing starvation, and one million people are classified as being on the brink of famine.

The famine was attributed to several reasons including the civil war and economic collapse in the new-born state.

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EARLIER REPORTS:

International commission pledges improvement of security in Sudan Darfur

KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- An international commission for following up implementation of Darfur peace deal on Monday reiterated improvement of the security situation in the region and decline of banditry acts and tribal confrontations.

The Implementation Follow-up Commission (IFC) of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD), which is chaired by Qatar, on Monday held its 12th regular meeting in the Sudanese capital Khartoum to review progress in the implementation of the deal.

The meeting discussed peace and development in Darfur, voluntary return of the displaced people, reintegration of former fighters and other issues.

“Darfur has witnessed a clear stability where roads and markets have been reopened and looting acts receded,” said Ahmed bin Abdullah Al Mahmoud, deputy prime minister of the State of Qatar, when addressing the meeting.

“I call on the non-signatory movements to join the Doha document to put an end for the conflict in Darfur,” he added.

Kingsley Mamabolo, Acting Joint Special Representative for Darfur and Head of the United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), for his part, renewed the mission’s commitment to continue supporting all parties to the DDPD and members of the implementation commission fully implement the deal.

He noted that UNAMID would continue dealing with the texts of the DDPD as a comprehensive approach towards sustainable peace allover Darfur.

The DDPD follow-up commission brings together in its membership the government of Sudan, armed movements signatory of the document and representatives from Burkina Faso, Canada, Chad, China, Egypt, France, Japan, Russia, Britain, Ireland, the United States, the African Union, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and UNAMID.

           

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