Sudan: Prolonged fighting in South Kordofan continues to severely affect hundreds of thousands of people

3 Jan 2012

June 2011: People gather outside the UN peacekeeping mission’s compound in Kadugli, South Kordofan after fleeing fighting that erupted in the town during the first week of June. Credit: UNMIS/Paul Banks
Aid workers remain concerned about food security and health issues in conflict areas.

Prolonged fighting between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – North (SPLM-N) in Sudan’s South Kordofan State since the beginning of June 2011 has displaced or severely affected over 300,000 people.  

“Our main concern is for populations that are completely cut off from any relief supplies coming in from outside,” said Mark Cutts, head of OCHA in Sudan. The Government of Sudan has restricted aid agencies’ access into SPLM-N held areas in South Kordofan due to insecurity.

Over 20,000 people have sought refuge in neighbouring South Sudan. Nutritional and health assessments of these refugees point to a deteriorating humanitarian situation in SPLM-N held areas.

“We are in no position to verify the actual needs on the ground or the fulfillment of those needs as we are simply not there,” added Peter de Clercq, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Sudan.

In the Government-held areas of the State, aid agencies are providing limited assistance but aid delivery and the ability to conduct needs assessments is constrained by restrictions and insecurity.

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