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Malnutrition, disease stalk refugee camps in South Sudan

Catholic World News - August 03, 2012

Malnutrition is claiming the lives of 5 children and 2 adults daily in refugee camps in South Sudan, the Fides news service reports.

The refugees are arriving at the refugee camps from the states of Blue Nile and South Kordofan, which are still under the control of the Sudanese government in Khartoum. Roughly 170,000 refugees have made the trek on foot to South Sudan, seeking help. Arriving malnourished at camps that are overextended, they succumb to the spread of disease as well as hunger. Relief agencies are urgently seeking help to provide adequate food and medical care.

South Sudan, which won independence in 2011, is one of Africa's neediest countries. But continued struggles for control of the states bordering Sudan--and the brutal efforts of the Khartoum government to suppress rebellion--have prompted desperate families to head for South Sudan for aid.

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