South Kordofan, Sudan: Humanitarian assistance remains extremely limited

28 Jun 2011

Residents of Kadugli gathered outside UNMIS compound after fleeing fighting that erupted in the town during the first week of June. Photos: UNMIS/Paul Banks
Humanitarian access to displaced people in South Kordofan state remains difficult.

From 22-24 June, sporadic air strikes and artillery shelling by Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) continued in South Kordofan, particularly around the eastern and southern parts of the Nuba Mountains. According to the latest OCHA situation report, one woman was killed and four people, including two children, were wounded in an aerial attack on Kauda on 22 June. 

Some of the local markets are open in Kadugli, and there are reports that  public transportation has partially resumed along the main road to El Obeid.

However, humanitarian workers are still unable to freely access people in need in Kadugli, including the 7,000 people who had been sheltering outside the UNMIS base and who were instructed by authorities to return to town. Access to this group for monitoring and assessment continues to be denied, despite clear indications that authorities used coercion to expedite their return to Kadugli.

On 22 June, the Humanitarian Coordinator Mr. Georg Charpentier visited Kadugli and met with the Governor of South Kordofan. He expressed concern about the humanitarian situation and requested humanitarian access to displaced people. The Governor said the policy was for such assistance to be channeled through local NGOs such as the Sudanese Red Crescent Society, but agreed that humanitarian workers would be given access to oversee and participate in the response.

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