Treatment of civilians in Southern Kordofan "reprehensible"

Displaced Sudanese

The treatment of civilians in the Sudanese state of Southern Kordofan is being called "reprehensible" by the United Nations humanitarian chief.

Valerie Amos says she has heard reports of human rights abuses and targeting of people along ethnic lines.

The humanitarian chief also says threats to aid workers and peacekeepers need to stop immediately.

She is urging the Sudanese government to allow humanitarian agencies access to more than 70,000 people displaced by the recent fighting between northern and southern troops.

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