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UM DOREIN - 11 Jan 2013

Hundreds flee continued bombing in South Kordofan

Hundreds of citizens in South Kordofan took refuge in caves on Wednesday after fleeing aerial bombing in the areas of Um Dorein and Heiban.

The bombing started at approximately 10:00 a.m. and lasted until midday according to eyewitnesses speaking to Radio Tamazuj on Wednesday.

They stressed the difficulties faced by the displaced in having to walk long distances to reach safety as well as the poor conditions once they reach the caves.

‘They live in bad conditions, suffering the cold and going without food,’ described some of the witnesses.

Eyewitnesses in the area further warned that the security and humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate in South Kordofan, highlighting the lack of food, shelter and medical services as well as the ongoing bombardment.

It was confirmed that some of the displaced travelled to Kauda, a rebel controlled area, while others crossed into the refugees camps in neighboring South Sudan.

The Sudan Armed Forces have carried out repeated aerial bombardments in Sudan’s South Kordofan state since 2011, creating mass displacement and sparking a humanitarian crisis around the Sudan/South Sudan border.