30 December 2013

Sudan: South Kordofan Leaders Criticise Banning of Relief Organisations

El Abbasiya — Civil society leaders in Taqali in El Abbasiya locality, South Kordofan, directed harsh criticism to the federal and state governments' decision to ban humanitarian organisations from the area.

The leaders described the decision as unjust. "Especially as it puts the 35,000 people in and around Taqali before two choices: either flee and be displaced, or starve to death", one of the civil society representatives told Radio Dabanga.

The former commissioner of El Abbasiya locality, Nil Ahmed Adam, reported that the people in the area of Um Marah are living in humanitarian and health conditions "that can be described as tragic and catastrophic". He noted that they have sent a number of memoranda to the federal and the state governments, however without any tangible response.

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