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South Sudan fighting continues ahead of Ethiopia talks (BBC)



The BBC’s Alastair Leithead reports from Awerial, home to 75,000 people


Fighting is continuing unabated in South Sudan as the two sides prepare to begin peace talks in Ethiopia.


A South Sudanese army spokesman told the BBC that clashes are continuing in Bor and parts of Unity state.


Both the government and rebels have sent negotiating teams to the Ethiopian capital. So far the rebels have refused to end hostilities ahead of the talks.


Aid agencies say supplies are urgently needed for the many thousands of people forced to flee their homes.


Conditions have deteriorated in Awerial refugee camp on the banks of the Nile – now home to some 75,000 people who have fled the fighting in nearby Bor, the capital of Jonglei state, now in rebel hands.


“There is no clean drinking water. Five boreholes – it’s just not enough,” David Nash of the medical charity MSF told the BBC.


“People are drinking water straight out of the river Nile. It’s muddy, it’s not good. And there are no latrines, so open defecation is happening. Conditions for an outbreak of watery diarrhoea are perfect.”


Awerial refugee camp near Bor, South Sudan, on 1 January 2014




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