Close to 100,000 people displaced in Sudan's Abyei region

a Dinka Ngok woman and her baby displaced in Abyei

a Dinka Ngok woman and her baby displaced in Abyei

Up to 100,000 people have been displaced by violence in the disputed oil-rich Abyei region in Sudan, according to United Nations agencies.

Abyei is contested by north and south Sudan.

A recent flare up of violence after north Sudanese soldiers took over the region has forced thousands of people to flee.

Marixie Mercado, a spokesperson for the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) says her agency is ramping up relief supplies to assist the displaced people half of whom are children.

"Nearly two thirds of the population is thought to have moved to four southern areas, the majority of them in Warrap, Northern and Western Bah- e- Ghazal and Unity, places with very few resources to draw from to begin with. UNICEF and its partners are focusing efforts on disease prevention, immunization, basic shelter supplies, especially important due to the rainy season and constructing latrines and identifying and uniting separated children with their families."

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