Home | News    Friday 10 January 2014

More than 2,000 South Sudanese cross into Abyei: OCHA

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

January 9, 2014 (KHARTOUM) - Aid agencies on the ground in the disputed region of Abyei say that between 2,000 and 2,500 people have entered the area after fleeing violence in South Sudan’s Unity state, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has reported.

JPEG - 24.3 kb
Thousands of refugees fleeing violence in South Sudan have crossed into neighbouring countries, including Uganda and Sudan (AP)

Most have settled in the Agok area, with a few people moving back across the border to South Sudan’s Warrap state, OCHA said in its latest humanitarian bulletin for Sudan.

The new arrivals are mostly women and children, who have taken refuge with relatives and friends.

Thousands of civilians have fled Unity state amid heavy fighting, which broke out on Wednesday between government forces and opposition soldiers in Unity state’s Mayom county.

The South Sudanese army (SPLA) is trying to retake the capital, Bentiu, from a faction of the army that defected over two weeks ago.

More than 8,000 people have taken refuge at United Nations bases in Bentiu, the UN’s top humanitarian coordinator in South Sudan, Toby Lanzer, said on Wednesday.

Humanitarian groups, there are currently enough supplies available to meet the immediate needs of new arrivals to Abyei, an oil-producing region claimed by both Sudan and South Sudan.

In an unofficial referendum last October members of Abyei’s southern-aligned Ngok Dinka ethnic group voted overwhelmingly in favour of joining South Sudan.

POSSIBLE DARFUR INFLUX

Meanwhile, humanitarian agencies in East Darfur are preparing for a possible influx of an estimated 10,000 people from South Sudan amid reports that large numbers of South Sudanese are gathering at the border of the western Sudan region, the OCHA report said.

There have been conflicting reports over whether 6,000 South Sudanese, mostly women and children, have already crossed the border from South Sudan’s Bahr el Ghazal locality. OCHA has been unable to independently verify the reports.

OCHA said humanitarian agencies in Ed Daein remain concerned about the lack of adequate relief supplies in East Darfur, saying an influx of new arrivals would place further strain on already overstretched services in the region.

The International Organization of Migration (IOM) has confirmed that an estimated 2,700 people have already arrived in Sudan’s South Kordofan state, the vast majority of whom are nomads.

According to the IOM, 924 people have taken refuge in El Leri town, with a further 950 moving to Talodi and 800 to El Amira town.

The UN estimates that at least 200,000 people have been displaced since fighting broke out in the South Sudan capital, Juba, on 15 December between rival members of the presidential guards, quickly spreading to other parts of the country.

According to the UN, the refugee exodus continues to gather momentum, with thousands fleeing to neighbouring countries everyday.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 10 January 05:11, by tootke’bai-ngo

    YES!!! OUR PEOPLE WILL CONTINUE SUFFERING AS THEY HAD BEEN DYING IN HUGE NUMBERS SINCE 2006. KIIR CHOOSE TO IGNORE IMPORTANCY OF STABILITY & SECURITY FOR ALL CIZENS. ALL WE HERE IN LAST 8 YEARS WAS DEVELOPMENT WHICH IS NO WHERE TO BE SEEN ALLTHOUGHT BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WENT MISSING.
    "ALL HE NEEDED IS ONLY ONE MORE TERM" SAYS KIIR’S INSIDERS. HOW COULD 5YRS MAKE A DIFFERENCE IF 8YRS DIDN’T?

    repondre message

  • 10 January 06:42, by Marco Bul

    Let those fleeing Unity State be screened before entering Sudan.Riek might run back to Khartoum to have his ass bonk coz it is itching due to long abstainance.So Nuer can run??
    There is no more free møya fuul anymore in the north.No gargoini,sukar and digig mi limlim in Khartoum.

    repondre message

Comment on this article


 
 

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


South Sudan: Justice remains elusive, one year on 2014-12-17 04:17:40 By Elizabeth Deng December 16 2014 - A year after the outbreak of violence in Juba last December, hopes of accountability for abuses linked to the conflict remain distant. Despite repeated calls (...)

President Salva Kiir has betrayed his people and the nation 2014-12-17 04:15:00 By James Gatdet Dak December 15, 2014 - After many painful decades of destructive war of liberation against successive oppressive regimes in Khartoum, people of South Sudan gained their hard won (...)

Sudan protects terrorists 2014-12-15 04:29:57 By Kimberly Hollingsworth* December 15, 2014 - Sudan used to be the heart of Africa; now, Sudan is the heart of international terrorist organizations. Sudan is the hub for training extremists. (...)


MORE








Latest Press Releases


Norway grants US $1.9 million for humanitarian needs in Darfur 2014-12-16 06:47:08 The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) - KHARTOUM Norway helps provide nutritious food to malnourished families in Sudan 14 December 2014 KHARTOUM – The United Nations World Food Programme (...)

Darfur Association "disheartened" by ICC decision to not meet them 2014-12-14 05:50:13 12 December 2014 RE: DPANY Requests/Direction of the OTP in the Situation of Darfur Dear Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, We, the Darfur People's Association of New York, are disheartened by your (...)

REDRESS calls for the immediate release of Sudan’s distinguished human rights lawyer 2014-12-10 09:02:53 December 9, 2014 ­­ — REDRESS, and many other individuals and organisations around the world, are extremely concerned by the continuing secret detention of Dr. Amin Mekki Medani. On Saturday, 4 (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2014 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.