Abyei, Sudan, in need of humanitarian aid
Jun 3, 2011
The situation in Abyei, Sudan, is worsening and many people are displaced as well as in need of humanitarian assistance, according to a new report from the Agence France Presse.
Due to violence, more than 30,000 people have registered with the International Organization for Migration as displaced persons. Another 30,000 people have yet to register. All of these displaced citizens need food, shelter and other materials.
"At the moment we can say there are an estimated 60,000 people who have fled to the south from Abyei," Mimi Girard, a UNHCR spokeswoman in Juba, told AFP. "The numbers are growing by the day. ...Vehicles are more and more getting stuck in the mud [due to heavy rains]."
OCHA, which is the U.N.'s humanitarian aide office, has confirmed that "heavy destruction" has hit many towns near Abyei, causing people to flee without much of their belongings.
Violence is ongoing as factions in the north and south of Sudan cannot agree on whether or not the army should stay in the area of Abyei.
A Washington Post report says that at least 80,000 people have been displaced from the region of Abyei.