UN: More Than 200,000 Could Go Hungry, Die Due to Aid Restriction in South Kordofan

Refugees seek shelter in a tent at a camp for people displaced by the conflict in South Kordofan in Sudan. Photo by: Paul Banks / UN

More than 200,000 people in Sudan’s strife-torn South Kordofan are in danger of severe malnutrition and mortality if the government continues to restrict humanitarian aid to the region, U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos warned.

According to Amos, essential supplies have been completely depleted in many parts of South Kordofan, where government forces have been fighting with the Sudan People’s Liberation Army North.

The situation has been aggravated by the Sudanese government’s cancellation last week of an essential humanitarian assessment mission to the state. This comes on the heels of the government’s refusal to allow international agencies to replenish stocks and deploy personnel for the past six weeks.

Amos called on the Sudanese government and the SPLA-N to lift restrictions on humanitarian organizations so they can deliver aid to people in need.  

Earlier, EU aid commissioner Kristalina Georgieva and EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton also made similar appeals for the lifting of aid restrictions to South Kordofan.

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