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Sudan War Drives Rebels Into Uganda

November 30, 1999

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) _ Fierce fighting among Sudanese rebel factions has driven at least 150 Sudanese refugees into northeastern Uganda in the past week, the U.N. refugee agency said Tuesday.

The Uganda Red Cross was providing aid to the latest arrivals in the village of Kaabong, 260 miles northeast of Kampala, said Nino Tomoko, an official for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.

The refugees were fleeing clashes among rival factions of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army, as well as famine in the southern Sudanese region of Keupiza.

The refugees will be transported to a camp sheltering more than 4,000 Sudanese about 80 miles west of Kaabong, said Robert Kwesiga, a Uganda Red Cross official.

Uganda is already home to about 180,000 Sudanese uprooted by the 16-year-old civil war between insurgent forces and the government in Khartoum.

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