The UN refugee agency, the UNHCR, is getting ready to relocate thousands of Sudanese refugees near the Chadian border town of Tine. That town was bombed last week by Sudanese planes, as the government battles militias in the Darfur region.
Jennifer Clark is a spokesperson for the UNHCR. From Geneva, she spoke to English to Africa reporter Joe De Capua about the registration of Sudanese refugees. She says, “We have finished registering the refugees at the site of Tine, together with our Chad counterparts. We registered 4, 357 refugees in this area.” The refugees will be taken to sites near Iriba and Guereda, possibly by the end of this week.
She also says the UNHCR has registered over 5,000 refugees between Tine and the border village of Birak, further south. The agency estimates about 110,000 Sudanese refugees are in Chad. Ms. Clark says the scarcity of water remains a major problem.
She says it’s been difficult locating areas, which also have adequate water supplies, which can accommodate a large number of refugees. One site in the north and another in the south, however, have been identified as being suitable for the refugees.
Click above links to listen to interview with UNHCR.