Refugees in South Sudan suffer from recent attacks, leaving aid sparse
Nov 28, 2011
In an attempt to flee conflicts in the Sudanese state of South Kordofan, thousands of refugees traveled to nearby South Sudan, though there they have faced similar problems and fear that with winter setting in, they'll be left with nothing, IRIN reports.
According to the publication, more than 23,000 ethnic Nuba are staying in a camp in Yida, South Sudan, right across the border from their own homeland. Here, they had access to food security and makeshift shelters, but an aerial bombardment attack on November 10 caused many humanitarians to flee, leaving little for the refugees in terms of food, water and medicine. The source adds that many believe that the Sudanese armed forces are to blame for the attack, however they deny such claims.
Now, just 10 international and 41 national relief workers are stationed at Yida, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. The group added that between 60 and 200 new refugees arrive daily at the site and that "food and water were the most urgent needs."
Hussein Al-Gumbullah, chairman of the refugee camp, told the source that rations have been limited since the beginning of November and the recent attacks have only caused supplies to dwindle further.
"Since November 1 we have had only three-days’ rations in stock and the storehouse had been empty for the first half of November."