Fighting east Sudan triggers new displacementsListen /
Fighting in parts of South Kordofan and Blue Nile states in east Sudan in the past two weeks has displaced or affected an estimated 16,500 people, according to government figures.
Meanwhile, the contested oil-rich region of Abyei has seen at least 3,000 people arriving from South Sudan Unity State bringing the total number to 6,000.
South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Abyei lie on the border between Sudan and South Sudan.
The UN Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq, says UN relief agencies are already in action.
"In response, the World Food Programme (WFP) and its partners have already distributed one-month emergency food rations to 8,500 people. And the Sudanese Red Crescent Society – supported by the World Health Organization (WHO) – has established two emergency health clinics in Rashad town. In addition, the UN Children's Agency UNICEF and the World Health Organization supported the South Kordofan health ministry with emergency medicine and equipment, including basic health kids to cover 10,000 people for three months, nutritional supplements and water and sanitation services."
Meanwhile, in west Sudan, a peacekeeper from the African Union – United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) was freed on Thursday after close to two months in captivity.
UNAMID says the safe release of Sergeant Awesu Soleiman was secured by the Government of Sudan, the Wali or Governor of South Darfur and the Government of Nigeria.
The Joint Special Representative for Darfur, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, expressed the Mission's gratitude for their help.
Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.