Sudan: Aid agencies face extremely limited access in conflict-torn southern states
24 Oct 2011
New OCHA map shows hundreds of thousands of displaced people remain out of reach, despite serious humanitarian needs.
Humanitarian organizations continue to face extremely limited access to people who urgently help in Sudan, a new map produced by OCHA highlighted today.
330,000 people may have been displaced or otherwise severely affected by recent conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile, on the border between Sudan and South Sudan - but access remains “extremely restricted or denied”.
More than 47,700 people have fled South Kordofan and Blue Nile into neighboring Ethiopia and South Sudan, the map shows. The new influx adds to the more than 346,000 South Sudanese who have returned from Sudan since October 2010. Meanwhile, UNHCR has opened a new refugee camp at Tongo, Ethiopia, to accommodate new arrivals.
Humanitarian access is also restricted in areas that continue to be affected by conflict in the Darfur region, where more than 1.9 million people live in camps for displaced people.