Statement attributable to the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Mr. Ali Al-Za’tari [EN/AR]
Khartoum, 7 June 2012. The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Mr. Ali Al-Za’tari, has expressed deep concern at reports of raids and looting of markets by armed groups in both South Kordofan and North Kordofan that have recently forced yet more civilians to flee their homes, and also at reports of high numbers of people who have been fleeing to South Sudan to escape the continued fighting and severe food shortages in South Kordofan and Blue Nile. The Humanitarian Coordinator reiterated calls for the fighting to stop and for humanitarian access to all vulnerable civilians, especially women and children who are at particular risk. He noted that this terrorizing of civilians within Sudan and the increase in numbers of refugees fleeing to South Sudan points to an extremely worrying situation.
“Significant numbers of vulnerable people, including large numbers of women and children, are fleeing within Kordofan and also to South Sudan from South Kordofan and Blue Nile seeking shelter and supplies, indicating that the humanitarian situation is increasingly deteriorating,” said Mr. Al-Za’tari. “It is essential that humanitarian assistance reaches all people in need, wherever they may be located”
The Humanitarian Coordinator stresses the need for continued dialogue between all parties to facilitate a peaceful solution to the conflicts. “Ultimately, what is needed in South Kordofan and Blue Nile is for fighting to stop and for a political settlement to be negotiated. People need to be able to return to their homes and villages and rebuild their lives in dignity, safety and without fear.” the Humanitarian Coordinator said.
*** For further information, please contact Damian Rance, Public Information Officer, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Sudan (email@example.com / +249 912 392 562)