Central Africans flee to Chad to escape violent attacks UN refugee agency

About 200 CAR refugees are arriving each day and most cross into Bekoninga, a Chadian village of some 600 inhabitants about 500 metres from the CAR border, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said. That number is up from the previous estimate of 100 arrivals each day and has pushed the total number of CAR refugees in southern Chad to more than 43,000.The northern party of the republic is becoming increasingly volatile and refugees report they are being attacked by bandits, government forces who suspect they are supporting rebel groups and rebel groups who raid their villages for food and cattle and recruit young men.Tomorrow, UNHCR plans to move 300 new arrivals from the border to the Gondje refugee camp, about 12 kilometres north of Gore, southern Chad’s main town. The Gondje refugee camp was opened in December to ease conditions at the overcrowded Amboko camp nearby and shelter some of the 15,000 refugees who arrived in southern Chad during the summer of 2005.UNHCR and Chadian officials are considering whether to open a third refugee site near Gore to handle the continuing influx of homeless people.At least 43,000 CAR refugees live in three camps in southern Chad – Yaroungou, Amboko and Gondje. UNHCR is also caring for more than 200,000 refugees from Darfur in 12 UN agency camps in eastern Chad. read more