Posted by: africanpressorganization | 22 June 2011

Statement on south Kordofan, Sudan by Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos

 


 

 

Statement on south Kordofan, Sudan by Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos

 

 

NEW YORK, June 22, 2011/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The treatment of

civilians in South Kordofan, including the reported human rights abuses and targeting of

people along ethnic lines, is reprehensible.

We know that more than 70,000 people have been displaced. Many more may have fled

from their homes and their condition is unknown. This includes those who have recently

moved from the safety of the UNMIS compound to Kadugli town.

We need to see an end to insecurity and movement restrictions, which are continuing to

limit our ability to assess the situation, to provide people the aid they urgently need, and

to re-supply stocks. The threats to aid workers and peacekeepers need to stop

immediately.

I am also concerned that the overall security situation in Sudan is deteriorating at an

alarming rate, with severe humanitarian consequences. Civilians are increasingly bearing

the brunt of the volatile and uncertain political climate. The conflict has also prevented

sowing at the beginning of the agricultural season which will cause food shortages. We

could be facing a worst case scenario, with millions of civilians in both North and South

Sudan in need of protection and critical humanitarian assistance.

 

SOURCE 

UNITED NATIONS


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