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BLUE NILE - 25 Apr 2013

Blue Nile: Worsening humanitarian situation; Talks with Ethiopian military

More than 12,000 displaced people from Mafo, Mick and other parts of southern Blue Nile state are suffering from poor health and humanitarian conditions, amidst reports of high malnutrition rates in children.

A number of internally displaced Blue Nile state citizens attributed the reason for their movement to recent clashes between the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and SPLA-north, along with the continuous aerial bombardment by SAF on civilian gatherings in the state.

They also noted that there are thousands more displaced people living in open spaces without shelter, food or safe water, many – particularly amongst the children and elderly – in special need of healthcare services.

Those who spoke to Radio Tamazuj called on humanitarian organizations to provide the displaced with life-saving assistance.

However, the Sudanese government has repeatedly prevented international humanitarian organisations from operating and providing assistance within the region.

Meanwhile, joint military talks between the SAF and the Ethiopian forces began yesterday in the state’s town of Damazin. The discussions are intended to strengthen relations between the two countries as well as to coordinate the maintenance of security and stability along their shared border.

The Ethiopian military delegation arrived at the town on Tuesday evening under the division forty-four commander of Assosa and was received by the Sudanese commander of the fourth infantry division, Major General Adam Haroun.