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'Thousands of Sudanese refugees arrive in Goz Beida, Chad'

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GOZ BEIDA (19 Feb.) -

Approximately 5,000 Sudanese refugees have arrived in the region of Goz Beida in southeastern Chad, over the past two weeks.

Saudi Hassan, head of the Chadian National Committee for receiving Sudanese refugees in the region, told Radio Dabanga that around 5,000 Sudanese refugees are currently residing in the areas of Tisy and Saraf Barko in Goz Beida, southeastern Chad. The refugees arrived over the past two weeks, he added.

Saudi stated that the refugees are now under the care and protection of the Chadian government until humanitarian organizations register and assist them.

A Sudanese refugee revealed they had fled to Chad due to the recent tribal clashes in Jebel 'Amer, North Darfur. The refugee added that most of the newly displaced are originally from Central Darfur, Umm Dukhun locality in particular. He explained that the refugees are in 'poor health' and do not have any shelter, food or medicine.

Lastly, the refugee revealed that the governor of Sila state as well as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have visited them and 'inspected' the situation.