Grave humanitarian crisis continues to unfold in Sudan and South Sudan

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Men, women and children with gourds wait for permission to gather the spilled grains from air-drops of World Food Programme aircraft in the drop zone near Thiekthou. Bahr El Ghazal, Sudan. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Hundreds of thousands of innocent people living in two disputed areas, on the border between Sudan and South Sudan, continue to be affected by war and have no access to even the most basic humanitarian aid.

That's what the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator told members of the Security Council on Wednesday.

The oil-rich Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states have been beset by fighting since 2011.

The Government of Sudan has been battling the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North or SPLM-N, a rebel movement that fought for the independence of South Sudan, for control of the oil-rich areas.

Ms Valerie Amos recalled that it's been more than two years since the Council adopted a resolution on the humanitarian impact of fighting.

"Reputable sources cite estimates of 175,000 people displaced within SPLM-North areas in the first half of this year. Humanitarian premises including hospitals have been bombed. Attacks on medical facilities, whether deliberate or indiscriminate, are clearly unacceptable and in direct contravention of resolution 2046 and international humanitarian law."  (25″)

Ms Amos noted with deep concern that the bombing during this planting season is likely to have an impact on the harvest and families' ability to feed themselves.

Failure to vaccinate children against polio in SPLM-North areas of South Kordofan and Blue Nile are some of the consequences of this conflict, she added.

Humanitarian workers in Sudan continue to appeal to the parties to allow basic assistance to be provided to people who most need it said Ms Amos.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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