Humanitarian workers leave Agok, Sudan, as fighting continue
Jun 17, 2011
As violence continues in the contested region of Abyei, Sudan, humanitarian workers were forced to move out of the town of Agok, according to a new report from Reuters.
Southern Sudan is poised to declare independence on July 9. This decision was made in 2005 in order to end years of civil war. However, fighting continues as the northern Sudanese Armed Forces continue to fight the southern Sudan People's Liberation Army over the border region of Abyei in central Sudan.
"This morning, from about 10 a.m., there was shelling on both sides of the river. Later there was shelling just a little bit north of Agok ...All humanitarians are being pulled out of Agok," an unnamed official told Reuters.
Abyei is a region known for its oil production. Humanitarian workers have faced much difficulty in the region, with limited mobility and ability to serve its purpose amid political instability.
According to the United Nations, more than 41,000 people have been displaced so far.