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Sudan / Abyei: Fighting in Abyei leaves over 100,000 displaced

Publisher Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC)
Publication Date 16 June 2011
Cite as Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC), Sudan / Abyei: Fighting in Abyei leaves over 100,000 displaced, 16 June 2011, available at: [accessed 31 May 2016]
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Since fighting broke out in the contested region of Abyei between the northern Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the southern Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) in late May, the situation has remained tense and unpredictable, with reports of sporadic gunfire and homes being burnt. The threat of unexploded ordnance in the Abyei area is a cause for concern.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Southern Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (SSRRC) have continued to monitor the movements of people displaced by the crisis. As of 8 June, an estimated total of almost 102,000 people had been internally displaced. IOM and SSRRC have registered almost 80,000 individuals.

According to OCHA on 5 June, the humanitarian community was continuing to distribute life-saving assistance and pre-position essential supplies before rains cut off overland access to affected areas. Food had been provided to over 80,000 people, and distributions will continue as more displaced people are identified. In a meeting of the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, the UN's Deputy Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Southern Sudan and OCHA, the Minister stated his concern that the displacement following the Abyei crisis was likely to last at least six months, and highlighted the need for shelter options.

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