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Yida refugee camp swells to 60,000 North Sudanese

Kaka Sauirs sits at her temporary shelter after arriving two days earlier to the Yida refugee camp of South Sudan, close to the border with North Sudan, on July 02, 2012.

Photos and text by Paula Bronstein / Getty Images

The Yida refugee camp in South Sudan has swollen to nearly 60,000 as refugees flee from South Kordofan in North Sudan. Refugees are arriving at 300-600 a day, some walking five days and some walking two weeks or more to reach the camp.  The rainy season has increased the number of sick children suffering from diarrhea and severe malnutrition, as the international aid community struggles to provide basic assistance to the growing population. Most have arrived with only the clothes they were wearing.

Sudanese refugees walk along the border road after crossing from North Sudan, carrying what they can, on July 2, 2012 in Jaw, South Sudan.

New arrivals sit on the ground with no shelter at the Yida refugee camp on July 2, 2012.

Sudanese refugees pray at a makeshift church at the Yida refugee camp on July 1, 2012 in Yida, South Sudan.

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