Sudanese soldiers patrol the Daldako area, northeast of South Kordofan’s state capital Kadugli, after recapturing it from rebels on May 20, 2014 (AFP Photo)
Khartoum (AFP) – More than 20,000 people have been displaced by fighting between Sudanese troops and rebels this month in war-torn South Kordofan, the United Nations quoted the Sudanese government as saying Friday.
Government forces have been battling the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-North (SPLA-N) in the southern Blue Nile and South Kordofan areas since 2011.
“Between March 9 and March 18, an estimated 23,600 people fled their homes” according to the government’s Humanitarian Aid Commission, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in its weekly bulletin.
The displaced fled to the government-controlled “El Abassiya, Abu Jubaiha and Rashad towns” and surrounding villages east of South Kordofan’s state capital Kadugli, HAC told the UN.
OCHA said it had not been able to verify the numbers itself because fighting was ongoing in parts of the state…