Thousands of people flee fighting in South Sudan
Earnest April 24, 2014
Newscast Media KHARTOUM—Thousands of people have fled renewed fighting in Sudan's South Kordofan
and Blue Nile states, adding to hundreds of thousands uprooted by
conflict in the Darfur region this year, the UN said Thursday.
between government forces and the rebel Sudan People's Liberation
Movement-North (SPLM-N)in South Kordofan's Rashad district displaced
about 6,700 civilians, the UN Office for the Coordination of
Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in its weekly bulletin.
It cited data from Sudan's Humanitarian Aid Commission.
"Many displaced people have sought shelter in Rashad town," OCHA said.
UN has also received reports that an estimated 4,300 people fled their
homes in Blue Nile state because of combat between SPLM-N and government
forces, OCHA said. Almost three years of fighting in South
Kordofan and Blue Nile had already displaced or severely affected more
than one million people.
Like the 11-year-old insurgency in
western Sudan's Darfur region, the Kordofan-Blue Nile war has been
fuelled by complaints among non-Arab groups of neglect and
discrimination by the Arab-dominated regime.
Khartoum and the SPLM-N on Tuesday began their latest round of African Union-mediated talks aimed at reaching a peace deal.
UN says a rising number of people in Sudan, 6.1 million, need
humanitarian aid but the percentage of funding obtained to help them has
fallen in each of the past three years.
More than 300,000 people have been uprooted by fighting in parts of Darfur since February, OCHA said.
The region has experienced its worst violence in a decade this year.Add