Sudan: Humanitarian assistance constrained as insecurity in South Kordofan increases

14 Jun 2011

Residents of Kadugli gathered outside UNMIS after fleeing fighting in Kadugli town. Credit: UNMIS/Paul Banks
After fighting broke out in South Kordofan on 6 June, the displaced population has increased to over 53,000. Humanitarian agencies are providing assistance to affected areas-where security permits.

Fighting between Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Arm (SPLM/A), including bombardments and artillery shelling, has been reported in 11 of the 19 localities in South Kordofan State, and has spread to Unity State in  southern Sudan since the outbreak of crisis on 6 June, according to the latest OCHA Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin.  

Increased threats to UN national staff by SAF and SPLA have been reported throughout South Kordofan State. In Kadugli town, partners have reported burning of huts, looting of humanitarian assets and emergency relief stocks, and the presence of land mines.

The only known group of displaced people to which the humanitarian community has access to is clustered around the UNMIS compound on the outskirts of Kadugli. As of 11 June, WFP had identified 6,000 IDPs on site. On 10 June, 4,000 people were assisted with food. Water remains critically inadequate as supplies from Kadugli to the UNMIS compound have been cut off since the outbreak of fighting.

The Sudanese Red Crescent Society (SRCS), in coordination with WHO and UNICEF, has undertaken over 600 medical consultations in two mobile health clinics over the past three days. However, drugs are diminishing due to the looting of pre-positioned stocks and suspension of UN flights to and from Kadugli since 10 June.  Humanitarian partners are preparing to distribute food and other relief supplies as soon as security conditions permit.

A delegation led by the UN Humanitarian Coordinator met with the State Governor of  South Kordofan on 9 June to discuss the protection of civilians and humanitarian assets, and the improvement of humanitarian access to affected people. The meeting also stressed the importance of voluntary and safe return of the IDPs to their homes.

More>> OCHA Sudan Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin (3-9 June 2011) - OCHA Situation Report #3