20,000 flee fighting in Abyei town

Around 20,000 people have fled Abyei town over the past few days, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Martin Nesirky

Clashes have recently erupted in the oil-rich Abyei region between forces of southern Sudan and militias which are allegedly supported by forces of the government in Khartoum.

UN Spokesman Martin Nesirky says that across the region, aid workers are standing ready to provide food deliveries, emergency shelter, water and sanitation and medical assistance to the displaced population.

“An estimated 20,000 people have fled Abyei Town, the urban centre of Sudan’s Abyei region, over the past few days. That’s according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, which adds that the displaced people account for half of the town’s residents. Most of them settled temporarily in nearby villages, with some 3,000 in the Agok area.”

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