CNN speaks to Sudanese refugees who fled to Chad to escape ongoing violence



As the fighting in Sudan enters its sixth week, it is forcing hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes.

According to a new report from the United Nations, over one million people have been displaced in Sudan.

300,000 have fled to neighboring countries; 80,000 of them to Chad.

CNN’s Larry Madowo traveled to a refugee camp in eastern Chad, near the country’s border with Sudan, and spoke with some of the most vulnerable victims of the ongoing conflict.

Because of decades of war in Sudan, many of these refugees had already been internally displaced several times. Many haven’t known a permanent home for most of their lives.

“I’m worried about all the people we left behind, especially my mother who could not cross the border,” one woman at the camp tells Madowo. “I keep asking myself how I can get her to Chad.”

CNN travelled to eastern Chad with USAID Administrator Samantha Power.

“We met one woman whose eye had been gouged basically with somebody just attacking her. And she is seeking medical care here in Chad,” Power tells Madowo. “Horrific violence, which triggers for so many of these people also memories of previous horrific violence.”

The U.N.’s refugee agency says close to 90% of new arrivals in Chad from Sudan are women and children. Many are so traumatized that they will need a lot of support to heal.

The U.S. is giving more than $100 million to support the over one million people displaced by the war across Sudan and in neighboring countries.

Despite being one of the world’s poorest countries, Chad was already hosting about 400,000 refugees before this latest surge, underscoring the urgent need for support and supplies.

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