Fatal Attack Kills UN Staffer in Sudan’s South Kordofan State


A United Nations staffer was in an armed attack on Saturday near Hilat Yatu, some 80 kilometres north of Kadugli, the capital of South Kordofan state.

Reports say Jamal Al Fadil Farag Allah, a 56-year-old Sudanese national, was driving fellow staff member Saad Yousif when their vehicle was attacked by two unknown assailants.

However, Saad survived and is currently receiving medical attention.

Jamal has worked with WFP since 2005. He leaves behind a wife and five children.

A staff member of a private demining agency in partnership with the United Nations Mission in Sudan distributes Mine Awareness material at one of the check points, in observance of the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Kadugli, in the Southern Kordofan State, Sudan. UN Photo/Fred Noy

Today, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Sunday condemned the killing of Mr. Jamal in a fatal attack.

“It is unacceptable for humanitarian workers to fa ce attacks while they are working on the frontlines of hunger in countries like Sudan.” – WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin

Ongoing conflicts in South Kordofan and Blue Nile has worsened humanitarian situation in Sudan and South Sudan where 4.7 million people are predicted to be food insecure in the region.

Reports say South Sudan is reportedly witnessing the largest semi-peacetime movement of people since World War II in a country.

South Sudan is also a host to refugees from conflict and other surrounding states from the Democratic Republic of Congo, from the Central African Republic, and even Ethiopia, Ms. Wiesner noted.

The vast majority of the refugees from the two areas have come from Blue Nile state, and it’s Upper Nile state in South Sudan that hosts the largest concentration of these refugees.

The the UN Refugee Agency and the International Organization for Migration are two key partners of the U.S. Government which eachagency received a significant share of US humanitarian funding.

In December 2011, the number of refugees began to swell from about 25,000 in mid-December to over 80,000 by the end of February.

Yesterday, Sudan and South Sudan have finally struck a deal on how to share their oil wealth.

Reports say the parties have agreed on all of the financial arrangements regarding oil.

The two countries were given August 2 deadline by the United Nations to solve disputes from border security to oil payments.

The two countries are set to meet next month to find a compromise on the disputed region of Abyei as well.

Earlier this June, Sudan and South Sudan have made significant progress to end hostilities.

The forces of South Sudan have completely pulled out of Abyei, that the forces of Khartoum, the SAF forces are also now out of Abyei.

In addition, South Sudan has recently completed withdrawal processes of its police forces from the disputed Abyei to comply with the United Nations Security Council resolution endorsing roadmap of the Africa Union Peace and Security Commission.

South Sudan reportedly complied with all aspects of resolution 2046, which calls on both sides to resume negotiations on post-partition issues and signed pact with three months.

Late of March this year, military clashes have erupted in the border region of Sudan and South Sudan.

Media reports say South Sudan accused Sudan of sending warplanes to bomb two border areas.

Meanwhile, Sudan accused the southern army of attacking the oil-producing Heglig region wherein parts of which are claimed by both warring nations.

In July 2011, South Sudan, Africa’s 54th nation was born. Millions of people celebrated a new national identity and new national promise. For more than two decades, Sudan has been riven by intense fighting over land and resources.

However, the security situation in the disputed area of Abyei remains fragile, with both South Sudan and Sudan failing to withdraw their armed forces as agreed under a demilitarization pact reached in June 2011.

South Sudan became independent from Sudan on 9 July. A referendum on the status of the Abyei area on the border was to have been held in January this year, but never took place amid disagreement on voter eligibility.

Dozens of people have been killed this year as a result of clashes in Abyei and surrounding areas and tens of thousands of have been forced to flee their homes.

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