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Over 2000 people displaced in Abyei fighting in dire need of humanitarian assistance

At least 2,200 civilians displaced in the recent communal fighting in Abyei Special Administrative Area near South Sudan have been cut off from humanitarian assistance due to insecurity, according to the charity Save the Children.

Save the Children said that sporadic  that the fighting between Ngok Dinka of Abyei and armed youth from Warrap State since January 27 has cut  off affected communities from humanitarian aid, adding that the available health and nutrition supplies for children in Rumamer health facility have been looted during the violence.

“It’s been a very difficult time for children and their families in Abyei. No child should ever be attacked or killed. For those that have survived but have been wounded, they will live with the physical and psychological scars for the rest of their lives,” Jib Pornpun Rabiltossaporn, Save the Children country director in South Sudan said in a statement issued on Friday in Juba.

Porpun appealed to the government, the United Nations Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), and all key actors to act promptly and collectively to protect civilians and restore peace.

“The volatile situation requires collective action to ensure the safety and protection of the impacted communities, especially the vulnerable children who suffer the brunt of the violence and displacement,” she said.

At least 75 people, including three children, have been killed in two weeks of brutal violence in the Abyei Special Administrative Area between communities, but the actual number of those killed could be much higher, according to Save the Children.

The first major attack took place on 27 January and led to 52 deaths, according to a UN report. The violent attacks also resulted in dozens of injuries, kidnappings, the burning of villages and theft of cattle.

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