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Abyei: Food scarcity hits thousands of displaced people

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February 9, 2013 (JUBA) - A member of South Sudan’s ruling party (SPLM) has accused the United Nations of allegedly failing to provide relief assistance to thousands of displaced people in the disputed Abyei region.

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Internally displaced people gather in Turalei, in the south’s Twic county, about 130 km (80 miles) from Abyei town, May 27, 2011. (Reuters)

Luka Biong Deng, the co-chair of the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee (AJOC), also expressed fears that the population in the region were facing likely death should the situation remain unaddressed.

“The UN coordinator in Abyei is [not] only unable to act, but he is unwilling to act. Food and non-food items are in abundance in Abyei, but returnees may die simply because of lack of food and shelter. People of Abyei may be better off without [the] UN system that is unable to act”, Deng told Sudan Tribune Saturday.

Deng, who is currently visiting the area to acquaint himself with the humanitarian situation, also held several meetings with some of the returnees in the disputed oil-producing region.

“The chiefs have not only assisted the return of the returnees, but received them with whatever little they have and helped them to go to their original places, where they will start from scratch”, Deng said by phone.

Deng also met officials from the UN World Food Programme (WFP), International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and US Agency for International Development (USAID), as well officials from the South Sudanese government.

“It is apparent that no humanitarian assistance is being provided to the returnees despite availability of such assistance in Abyei. Despite good efforts by USAID and [the] Dutch and others to assist, the UN system in Abyei will not deliver such good intentions to the people of Abyei who have suffered [a] great deal,” he said.

There is no better time than now for the international community to show their support to the people of Abyei, he added.

The AJOC co-chair, however, lauded the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) in the area, describing it as the “only hope” that the people of Abyei see in the UN.

ABYEI REFERENDUM

The African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP), led by former South African president Thabo Mbeki, has recommended that should the two sides fail to come to a political agreement over the status of Abyei, a referendum be held in October involving those resident in the area.

The status of Abyei was scheduled to have been resolved in a referendum over two years ago, but differences between Juba and Khartoum over who was legible to vote caused it to be delayed. The situation was further complicated when the Sudanese army (SAF) forcibly took control of the area in May 2011 ahead of South Sudan’s independence.

At least 110,000 people were forced to flee their homes following SAF’s invasion of the region.

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  • 11 February 2013 05:31, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    United Nation has nothing to do for Abyei people. The death hunger is another weapon favourit by UN and Sudan government to people of Abyei.

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    • 11 February 2013 11:22, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      When I see the suffering of Abyei children, I do recall the suffering of the children of Isreal in Egypt.Soon they will be release and prosper.
      OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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  • 11 February 2013 06:07, by master

    Luka
    stop nonsense and raving
    the real south sudanese suffering from hunger and wars
    abyei belong to sudan like it our not
    ST SAF not invaded abyei because abyei belong to sudan

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  • 11 February 2013 06:26, by Tutbol

    Those who continue to believe that UN is their uncle will only see with their own if they can’t hear that their reliance on the UN’s assistance is not a freebie; our govt officials even rely on the UN, what the gullibles we have as leaders! Humantarian food provisions is used these days by our white brothers as a carrot to win entry to the areas of interest to loot. Our leaders aren’t getting...

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    • 11 February 2013 06:39, by Tutbol

      ...it to date! The UN’s right watchers are as silent as stones, when the Murles killed hundreds of civillians on the neighbouring communities every & then while its (UN) troops are just there watching & When the other communities got frustrated & take actions to defend their communities, the UN’s right watchers spring out of woods with noises that the Murles are being abused!!

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      • 11 February 2013 07:08, by Nuer Empire

        Abyei boys are cowards.They know only looting public funds in South Sudan and opposing National reconciliations since they households in South Sudan.
        The Nuer Empire

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        • 11 February 2013 08:59, by Nuer Empire

          So greedy creatures

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        • 11 February 2013 10:38, by wang

          Nuer Empire
          Do you know that over 30% of sons and daughters are serving in North Sudan national army? Meaning that even they declare self-defense against fake Arabs leading government in Khartoum, it gonna be indirect war. Abyei South v Abyei North, well there is no Abyei South anyway, just only a few of those in South’s corruption lists we got fooled by late Dr. John for the whole propaganda so c

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          • 11 February 2013 10:39, by wang

            Abyei South v Abyei North, well there is no Abyei South anyway, just only a few of those in South’s corruption lists we got fooled by late Dr. John for the whole propaganda so called new Sudan.

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      • 11 February 2013 10:59, by Tutbol

        I hope the current S Sudan’s govt as it is rumoured to shuffle its cabinet; the leaders should think hard on their own humble sleeps; to look to think hard beyond their own incompetent bellies & cronyisms, for their excesses are getting too far ahead of S Sudanese’s.

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    • 11 February 2013 08:59, by Nuer Empire

      You have looted a lot in your foreign country of South Sudan.Blaming UN will not help,but fight for your land. I think Abyei boys are struggling to reunite North and South that is why they have minimum participation to fight but they just keep talking nonsenses and opposing reconciliation.Reconciliation is for South Sudanese residents if they think it is not important.
      The Nuer Empire

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  • 11 February 2013 10:57, by Makunon

    If hunger is the price to pay for than, we must pay no other time but now

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