U.N. promises better Sudan refugee camps

KILO 26, Sudan - The head of the U.N. refugee agency said Thursday that he is appalled by the living conditions endured for decades by refugees at camps in eastern Sudan and promised to remedy the situation over the next 12 months.

Antonio Guterres was on a one-day visit to Sudan's border with Eritrea and Ethiopia, where U.N. officials care for most of the 133,000 refugees sheltering from wars in those nations.

Guterres previously inspected refugee camps in Sudan's western Darfur region, where more than 2.5 million people have been chased from their homes by four years of fighting between ethnic African rebels and the Arab-dominated central government.