YIDA, South Sudan (AP) — Refugees fleeing fighting in Sudan's southern reaches say civilians are among the casualties from aerial bombings.
Ryan Boyette, a former American aid worker who now lives in the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan, said Wednesday that Sudanese war planes have dropped 81 bombs on 11 villages since early August. He believes Sudan is increasing its attacks to discourage the implementation of a humanitarian agreement signed Aug. 4 that would see aid deliveries to the region.
Abdul Karim Mustafa, a newly arrived refugee at the Yida refugee camp in South Sudan, said he was nearly hit by a bomb while walking to Yida. He said one person in his group was killed.
The Yida refugee camp has seen its ranks swell from 17,000 earlier this year to around 65,000 today.