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UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi calls for peace as continued conflict in Sudan has pushed hundreds of thousands of people into South Sudan, adding pressure on the limited resources of a country struggling to recover from years of civil war. UNHCR
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STORY: UNHCR / SOUTH SUDAN SUDANESE REFUGEES GRANDI
TRT: 5:40
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: ARABIC / ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 17 AND 18 JUNE 2024, RENK, UPPER NILE STATE, SOUTH SUDAN

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18 JUNE 2024, RENK, UPPER NILE STATE, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Various shots, displaced families at Renk transit centre
2. Med shot, Sudanese Refugee family seated in communal shelter
3. Close up, hand stirring coffee in pot
4. Close up, coffee being sieved into cups
5. Med shot, Malak Babiker, Sudanese refugee serving family coffee
6. UPSOUND (English) Babiker Suliman, Sudanese Refugee:
“It’s very good.”
7. Med shot, Malak and siblings having coffee
8. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Babiker Suliman, Sudanese Refugee:
“We met people in the streets who said they saw civilians being killed in front of them. The fighting between the army and paramilitary, RSF continued for months and claimed many lives. It took us nearly four months to get out of El Fasher, but later on my mother who has heart problems started getting sick, so we decided to leave home.”
9. Med shot, Namat Issa, Sudanese refugee and Babiker’s wife looking on
10. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Namat Issa, Sudanese Refugee:
“I was thinking a lot about my children and how to protect them and get them out of the conflict. I wanted to find a safe environment where they can be safe and have enough food. It has been tough for us, especially for the kids. I encouraged them to be strong, especially the younger ones, who struggle to understand the situation. I told them to be strong and patient, hoping we will find peace one day.”

17 JUNE 2024, RENK, UPPER NILE STATE, SOUTH SUDAN

11. Wide shot, UNHCR High Commissioner, Filippo Grandi, and colleagues walking through Renk transit centre
12. Close up, Babiker Suliman greeting Grandi
13. Various shots, Babiker family meeting Grandi
14. Various shots, Grandi shaking hands with family
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, UNHCR High Commissioner:
“At the peak of the emergency last year, 4,000 people per day were going through Renk. Now this figure has decreased, but there is still about a thousand people a day. Imagine a thousand people a day arriving in a rich country. It would be a huge problem. And yet here South Sudan keeps its borders open, and the local community welcomes the people that are coming in spite of the burden that they represent, of the resources that they need, to be to be kept here.”
16. Various shots, delegation walking through camp
17. Close up, Grandi and colleagues walking in transit centre
18. Various shots, delegation in registration centre
19. Med shot, family being registered
20. Close up, girl having biometrics taken
21. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, UNHCR High Commissioner:
“I'm here during the week of World Refugee Day to say, don't forget the refugees from Sudan. Don't forget the neighbouring countries Chad, Central African Republic, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Egypt that are all generously receiving people but that are facing challenges of their own. Here in South Sudan, a country that has seen two civil wars in ten years and which is still emerging from this conflict, this crisis, this arrival of hundreds of thousands of returnees could be very destabilising.”

18 JUNE 2024, RENK, UPPER NILE STATE, SOUTH SUDAN

22. Various shots, families sheltering at transit centre
23. Wide shot, pool of water outside communal shelters
24. Various shots, people walking in transit centre

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi calls for peace as continued conflict in Sudan has pushed hundreds of thousands of people into South Sudan, adding pressure on the limited resources of a country struggling to recover from years of civil war.

Families continue to flee Sudan, primarily to Chad and South Sudan in search of safety as fighting rages on in the country.

Every day, about 1,800 people are arriving at the Renk transit centre set up by UNHCR in South Sudan’s Upper Nile State, near the Joda border with Sudan. Most are South Sudanese returning refugees who had been living in Sudan since fleeing South Sudan’s own civil war.

Originally built to accommodate 4,000 people, more than 13,000 people are now living in and around the transit centre in increasingly difficult circumstances. Babiker Suliman and his family arrived in Renk in
December 2023, to escape fighting in El-Fasher in Sudan’s Darfur region.

The Sudanese family of 13, live in a communal shelter with two other families at the transit centre. Babiker’s 90 year-old mother is unwell, he says he is yet to find proper treatment for her heart condition. Life here may not be ideal, but Babiker says his priority was to get the family to safety.

Over nine million people have been displaced since war broke out in Khartoum, making Sudan the world’s biggest displacement crisis.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi was in Renk, this week where he met families displaced by the conflict who shared the difficult experiences they went through escaping conflict.

Grandi is in the in the region ahead of this year’s World Refugee Day celebrations marked on June
20 every year.

Grandi also spent time in Kosti, in Sudan’s White Nile State, where he reiterated his deep concern over the atrocities inflicted on civilians living through a humanitarian emergency of devastating scale. The arrival of large numbers of people has increased pressure on communities hosting them. Grandi praised their generosity in welcoming those fleeing and asked for international donors to continue and step up their own support to the humanitarian response.

Escalating violence in El Fasher, and reported atrocities against civilians in Al Jazira state are driving yet more people to flee. Grandi called for humanitarians to be given full and safe access to civilians, wherever they are in Sudan, to provide urgent aid.

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