The situation is growing more dangerous for Sudanese refugees crossing the border into eastern Chad. The humanitarian group, Doctors Without Borders, says bombs dropped by Sudanese planes have fallen on the town of Tine on the Chad side of the border.
Doctors Without Borders, also known as MSF, is caring for refugees along the 600 kilometer border. It’s believed more than 100-thousand Sudanese have fled the Darfur region, where fighting has increased and villages have been attacked and burned.
Sonja Peyrassol is the emergency coordinator for Sudanese refugees in eastern Chad. From Tine, along the northern part of the Chad-Sudan border, she spoke by satellite phone to English to Africa reporter Joe De Capua about Thursday’s bombing of the town.
She says, “Around 8 O’clock, the Antonov (planes) started to bomb along the border and we thought that it was Sudan. And then we heard that there were two killed and fifteen wounded.” Bombs had actually fallen on the Chadian side of the border.
Tine was once a single town, but is now two towns divided by a riverbed with part in Chad and part in Sudan. The two sides are separated by no more than 200 meters.
Doctors Without Borders has been in Tine since September. Its health center there has treated many refugees. However, the town is no longer a major border crossing point because of the fighting in and around Tine.
Ms. Peyrassol says water is in short supply, describing the area as being like a desert.
Click above links to hear interview with Sonja Peyrassol.