Humanitarian access to South Kordofan increasingly difficult

refugees in South Kordofan

Humanitarian workers are finding it increasingly difficult for to get aid into the South Kordofan state of Sudan and to access those in need there.

The office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says authorities in South Kordofan continue to demand that relief supplies be channelled through national non-governmental organizations.

The World Food Programme (WFP) has assisted more than 100,000 people in South Kordofan with emergency food rations.

Martin Nesirky is the spokesman for the Secretary-General.

"The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs adds that there are unconfirmed reports of a number of civilians leaving Kadugli town in recent days by truck. According to the Sudanese Red Crescent Society more than 37,000 displaced people from South Kordofan State have arrived in Khartoum since fighting began on 5 June."

OCHA is also says more mine clearance and removal of unexploded ordnances is needed in the region.

It says that a preliminary report of an assessment inside Kadugli town indicates that either landmines or unexploded ordnance contaminate more than one-third of the town.

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