Sudan: Humanitarian needs among displaced remain high

1 June, 2011
Displaced people fleeing fighting in Abyei, now in Agok. Sudan. May 2008. Renewed hostilities between the Sudanese army and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) in Abyei are likely to worsen the humanitarian needs in the region and could affect aid operations. Credit: UNMIS/Tim McKulka
Displaced people fleeing fighting in Abyei, now in Agok. Sudan. May 2008. Renewed hostilities between the Sudanese army and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) in Abyei are likely to worsen the humanitarian needs in the region and could affect aid operations. Credit: UNMIS/Tim McKulka

Humanitarian partners are working to deliver basic life-saving services to people displaced by recent violence in the Abyei area.

To date, the number of people displaced from the Abyei area is an estimated 60,000 people, mostly concentrated in Warrap State. Displacement from Abyei has also been confirmed in Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Western Bahr el Ghazal and Unity states. By 29 May, IOM registered 22,081 people in these three states, with some 20,537 in Warrap. IOM is continuing the registration process and is working on reaching new locations where there are reports of displaced.

As of 30 May, WFP had delivered 448 metric tons of food to 34,617 displaced people from Abyei. All displaced people received a one-month ration. This week, the World Health Organization will finalize a plan for its emergency operations over the next six months. The plan will cover key areas such as immediate life -saving health services and essential primary health care services to displaced people and host communities. It will also look at the prevention and control of communicable disease outbreaks.

Humanitarian partners are also working to assist people affected by trauma associated with events leading to displacement and to reunite families separated by the fighting. In Twic County, UNICEF and partners are focusing on family tracing and reunification, while Save the Children provides recreational activities and psycho-social support to children. Three hundred children in Mayen Abun have benefited from this service.

While humanitarian operations have been scaled up, particularly in Warrap State, and in Western Bahr el Ghazal, Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Unity states, in Twic County displaced people continue to lack access to basic services.

Concerns for the safety of civilians are compounded by the proximity of displaced groups to areas of high rebel militia activity in neighbouring Unity State. Additionally, insecurity and logistical constraints have limited humanitarian actors’ access to Agok and surrounding villages.

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