‘Malnutrition’ serious in southern Sudan

Press tv: Head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos has said that food insecurity and levels of malnutrition are climbing in some areas of the Sudanese provinces of South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

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People are “fleeing South Kordofan and Blue Nile to South Sudan and Ethiopia” due to food insecurity, said the senior UN official in a statement issued after a meeting with Sudanese Minister of Social Welfare and Security Amira al-Fadil in Khartoum on Wednesday.

“The government of Sudan and the UN share the view that a long-term political solution which delivers peace to the people of South Kordofan and Blue Nile states is needed,” the statement added.

Blue Nile and South Kordofan are the two provinces where the Western-backed Southern People’s Liberation Army North (SPLA-N) is engaged in insurgency efforts against the Sudanese government led by President Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir.

Last year, the humanitarian situation in both provinces deteriorated when fighting disrupted the major crop season. Many people fled South Kordofan at the beginning of the planting season.

Residents in Blue Nile also abandoned their crops when conflict erupted there later in 2011.

The shortage of food stocks have also led to multiplying of prices in the two Sudanese provinces.

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