Southern Sudan wants UN to help with the violence

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In a month's time oil rich Southern Sudan is due to become independent from the North after decades of civil war. South Kordofan will remain under the jurisdiction of the North but in the wake of fighting and ariel bombing some sixty thousand people there have been displaced.

The UN has accused the Sudanese government of carrying out an "intensive bombing campaign" near the north-south border. Aid agencies say tens of thousands of people have fled their homes, and they've urged the government in Khartoum to let them in to help victims of the fighting.

Riek Machar, deputy president of Southern Sudan - calls on the UN to help keep peace in the region. Mr. Machar has asked Khartoum to "listen to the international community" and withdraw from Abeyi.

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