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76,000 South Sudanese refugees starving

By Godfrey Olukya
Posted on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 11:59

South Sudan Red Cross official, Peter Taban said the displaced people are camped in Ugot Payam, 12 kilometres from Malakal town, located in oil rich Upper Nile State.

There is nothing here for human beings to eat

“The internally displaced people, mostly women and children are in poor state,” he said. “They lack food. They sleep in open without shelter. They are urgently in need of humanitarian assistance.”

The coordinator of South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation in Malakal, Aban Yor Akol told the press that they are overwhelmed by the big number of displaced people.

He appealed to local and international organisations to rescue the situation by air-dropping food assistance to the starving people.

“There is nothing here for human beings to eat because the number of people here is huge, even finding a place to rest is difficult and people are in the open spaces and under trees. Many children are dying,” Aban Yor Akol said.

“What we can do is appeal to organisations like WFP to drop food, at least in the in the next 48 hours.”

Malakal has in the past few days been the battle zone for South Sudanese government troops and rebel forces of former vice president Riek Machar.

Although the government claims that its troops are now in control, the rebels refute this, saying they are still in the town.

Thousands of other displaced people have fled to Uganda and Sudan.

There are reports that so far more than 1,000 people have been killed in the clashes.

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