Humanitarian aid critical for displaced people of Abyei
Jun 7, 2011
Southern Sudan is bracing itself for the influx of displaced people coming out of Abyei, where violence from the northern Sudanese army has forced thousands to flee, according to a new report from the Guardian.
"You can already tell that stocks are not sufficient. We have to face the fact that if there is another influx we will not have enough stocks." Lise Grande, the UN humanitarian coordinator for southern Sudan.
According to the Agence France Presse, an estimated 60,000 people have fled from Abyei to southern regions of the country. This puts a significant strain on humanitarian aid and quantity of supplies.
"This operation is facing logistical challenges. In the weeks to come, with the advance of the rainy season, the challenges will become greater," Margherita Coco, who was working in Abyei for the World Food Programme (WFP), told the news source.
To make matters worse, a rainy season is fast approaching, which will create even more logistical problems in terms of transportation and accessibility.