Fighting in parts of South Kordofan and Blue Nile states over the past two weeks has displaced or affected an estimated 16,500 people, according to the Sudanese Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the State Ministry of Health in Blue Nile (SMoH).
According to HAC and IOM, as of 27 April an estimated 10,000 people, including 1,900 children under the age of five, were seeking refuge in Rashad town in South Kordofan. They had fled clashes between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF), supported by the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) in several locations across Rashad locality.
The majority of the newly displaced are sheltering in school buildings, the latest humanitarian bulletin of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Sudan reported.
The South Kordofan state authorities called upon international and national organisations working in the state to provide relief to the newly displaced. In response, the World Food Programme (WFP) and its partners distributed one-month emergency food rations to 8,500 verified people.
The Sudanese Red Crescent Society, supported by the World Health Organization (WHO), has established two emergency health clinics in Rashad town. In addition, the UN Children’s Agency (Unicef) and the WHO supported the South Kordofan SMoH with emergency medicine and enough basic health kits to cover the needs of 10,000 people for three months.
In Blue Nile State, the SMoH in Kurmuk locality has estimated that 6,500 people from different parts of the locality have been affected by fighting between SAF and the SPLM-N over the past weeks. The SMoH provided the affected people with health services through a mobile clinic. Psychosocial support and non-food relief supplies were identified as the most urgent needs.
In the meantime, the UN has re-submitted the UN Integrated Health and Nutrition Proposal to the Government of Sudan and the SPLM-N on polio vaccinations combined with targeted food and nutrition supplementary measures in those areas in South Kordofan and Blue Nile that are not under the Government’s control.
Map: Indication of movements of displaced in Rashad locality, South Kordofan (OCHA – detail)
‘More troops to South Kordofan’: Sudan security (13 April 2014)