Insecurity hampering relief efforts in South Kordofan


displaced sudanese find refuge with UNMIS outside Kadugli
displaced sudanese find refuge with UNMIS outside Kadugli

More than 53,000 people have been displaced in Southern Kordofan State in Sudan, where fighting is continuing between the armed forces of North and South Sudan.

The United Naiotns reported that planes dropped at least 11 bombs on an airfield close to its camp.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says its warehouse and offices in Kadugli have been broken into and medical supplies worth over 180,000 US dollars looted. 

The agencies are appealing to authorities in the region to allow air and road access in order to send aid to those uprooted from their homes.

Melissa Fleming is from the UN refugee agency UNHCR.

'Humanitarian flights have been denied authorization to land  despite our efforts to secure such an agreement. Land access has been hampered by armed militiamen who have set up roadblocks and we are hearing reports that people are being harassed on the move. This insecurity means our operations are severely constrained and we are not able to reach our warehouse just five kilometres from the UN peacekeeping mission's base in the city.  If we could reach it we could be able to  assist 10,000 displaced people.'  

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