Displacement continues in Abyei

Abyei: aerial view of burnt out and destroyed villages

Abyei: aerial view of burnt out and destroyed villages

Up to 60,000 people have been displaced from the disputed region of Abyei in Sudan, according to the United Nations. A humanitarian relief operation is underway to reach those displaced but is being hampered by insecurity, heavy rains and a chronic shortage of fuel in South Sudan.   Adrian Edwards is from the UN refugee agency UNHCR.  

“Currently, assessment teams are working to reach areas that have been cut off due to insecurity and heavy rains. In Agok, displaced people have told us that many people had gone into hiding in the bush to avoid being caught in the fighting. We are seeing a number of cases in which families have been split during the fighting. As of late yesterday looting and sporadic shooting was continuing. Colleagues witnessed trucks carrying looted goods leaving Abyei.”

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The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says relief efforts are also being hampered by the large area of displacement and the fact that many of the displaced are still in hiding. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says it has to-date registered 30,642 IDP's from Abyei, most of them women, children and the elderly and is following up a further 30,000 through the deployment of mobile registration teams. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) says it expects the region to experience acute food shortages in the coming months as the displacement has taken place during the regions planting season.

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