Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), Sudan / Abyei: Continuing clashes cause increasing displacement, 31 March 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4d957dce2.html [accessed 23 May 2013]
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Violence between armed groups belonging to the Misseriya ethnic group and the predominantly Dinka Ngok police and security forces has increased in recent weeks in the contested north-south border region of Abyei. Abyei has witnessed continuing violence since a referendum on the future of the oil-producing region failed to go ahead in January.
According to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), tens of thousands of civilians have either been displaced by fighting or have fled due to fear of further attacks. The authorities in Abyei and humanitarian NGOs have struggled to respond. The state government of Western Bahr el Ghazal has handed over food items to the administration of Abyei, to support its efforts to assist IDPs and particularly vulnerable groups affected by the clashes.