JUBA, May 15 (Xinhua) -- South Sudan has opened a new refugee camp in its northern region to receive people fleeing conflicts in neighboring Sudan, a senior official said Monday.
South Sudan has received a huge number of refugees and so they decided to allocate land for them to settle down, Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management Albino Akol Atak told reporters here.
He said the government is coordinating with humanitarian partners on the ground to start relocating the refugees from the reception center near the border with Sudan to the new refugee camp.
UN agencies including the UN Refugee Agency are working to provide shelter for the refugees, the World Food Program is providing food assistance and the International Organization for Migration is providing transport for them to the new camp, he added.
According to the minister, South Sudan has received about 70,000 people since the conflict broke out in Sudan in April this year.
Akol said the new camp is in an area of 5 kilometers by 10 kilometers that can accommodate hundreds of thousands of refugees who can as well practice small-scale agriculture for their livelihood. ■