Response in disputed Abyei continues
Humanitarian organizations continue to assist an estimated 4,800 people who fled Kolom village due to violence and sought refuge in Abyei town. This assistance includes food, nutrition, health, WASH, protection, NFI and other assistance to the newly displaced people. The Abyei Relief and Rehabilitation Committee (RRC) plans to relocate the new IDPs in Abyei town to three new locations as there is no area in the town large enough to accommodate all the IDPs. The Abyentan area will host IDPs from Kolom village; Nyinkuac will host IDPs from Noong village; and an area near a market will host IDPs from Amiet and Dakura villages.
Health / Nutrition
The South Sudan-based international NGO Goal , will continue providing medical services in Abyei town every Monday and Wednesday for the next four weeks, as per the needs from the IDPs.
UNICEF will provide nutrition supplies—including food rations, anthropometric equipment, stationery and therapeutic milk—to ongoing nutrition programmes in Abyei.
To promote safe hygiene practices and reduce the risk of diarrheal diseases among the affected communities, UNICEF distributed WASH supplies which include buckets, collapsible Jeri-cans and soap to over 350 Households in 3 IDP locations during a joint distribution exercise with IOM. WFP provided logistical support for the distribution exercise by providing a vehicle.
Goal distributed soap to 786 IDP families and WASH partners set up temporary latrines at the Abyei Boys Secondary school (3-stance for Men and 4-stance for women) to be used by the IDPs from Kolom.
To support the primary schools, UNICEF has provided five Early Childhood Development (ECD) kits and four recreational kits to support school and community recreational and psychosocial support interventions in the area. The education supplies will be delivered to the education authorities in Abyei town soon.
On 30 January, food was distributed to IDPs from Kolom taking refuge in the Abyei Boys School.
*The disputed Abyei area is between Sudan and South Sudan. The final status of the Abyei area is not yet determined.