Concern to find displaced civilians in Abyei

Abyei:  aerial view of burnt out and destroyed villages

Abyei: aerial view of burnt out and destroyed villages

Some of the 40,000 civilians, who have fled the fighting in Abyei town in Sudan, could be hiding in the bush, according to the United Nations humanitarian affairs office.

Staff from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, have been monitoring the area around Abyei town, by air and road.

Elisabeth Byrs, from OCHA, says Abyei town is empty of civilians, but the mission did not see large groups of displaced people.

She says OCHA is concerned because the civilians will need humanitarian aid:

"We think that they might be hiding in the bush, that's why it's the major concern for the humanitarian agency, because these people are probably in need of urgent assistance. Most of them are children, women and elderly people."

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