Displaced people in Abyei Area appeal to international community to prioritize security

Members of visiting UN delegation to Abyei Administrative Area meeting IDPs | Credit: Rose Monytoch Dau | AIRS 2022

The displaced persons in Abyei Administrative Area have appealed to representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Coordinator of Humanitarian Affairs in South Sudan and the accompanying delegation from Sudan and South Sudan to prioritize security and stability in the region.

This came in a meeting the delegation held with displaced persons in Abyei Town on Wednesday. Those who fled homes appealed for provision of security, clean drinking water, health and education services.

The representative of the displaced families said that the community in Abyei relies on agriculture, but insecurity is the main challenge to farming this year.

For her part, the Deputy Secretary-General and Humanitarian Coordinator in Southern Sudan, Sarah Bisulo Nyanti, said that they came to the area to assess the conditions of the displaced persons and the local community to identify their needs. She stated that they will meet relevant organizations to respond quickly to the needs of the displaced and host community.

As a result of recurring communal violence, thousands of families fled their homes in Agok and other villages to Abyei Town.

These people suffer shortage of food, inadequate health services and shortage of clean drinking water.

The visiting high-level delegation from the UN were expected to conclude their mission with a meeting with local chiefs and local administration.