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Kadugli, Sudan, in need of humanitarian assistance

A U.N. spokesperson recently reported on the dire humanitarian situation in Kadugli, Sudan, where violence continues and the northern government continues to fight against a potential splitting of the country into northern and southern components, according to a new report from the New York Times.

"The troop capacity is stretched to the limit," said Hua Jiang, a United Nations spokeswoman in Sudan. "The troops that we have there are not enough to secure the whole area."

Kadugli is located in the Southern Kordofan region. The U.N. has recently removed non-essential staff from the area, while increasing peacekeeping forces at the same time.

More than 53,000 people have fled from the fighting in Southern Sudan, according to a report from News 24. On July 9, South Sudan is expected to become an independent country, says the news source.

In May, the army from North Sudan invaded the area of Abyei, according to the N.Y. Times. In order to begin resolving the conflict, the President of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, has met with the leader of Southern Sudan, Salva Kiir, reports the news source.
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