Abyei Administrator Calls For ‘Tough Action’ From Internationals

Deng Arop Kuol, the Chief Administrator of Abyei until the SAF occupation, has called on the international community, and in particular the U.N. Security Council and the United States, to "take tough action" and exert greater pressure on President Omar al-Bashir. He said the tough action should not exclude military options.

Following the Sudanese army incursion, President Bashir unilaterally dissolved the Abyei administration. The entire population of Abyei, an estimated 150,000 people according to Kuol, has fled to towns like Aniet and Turalei, walking long distances with no food or water.

Kuol said at this point humanitarian assistance has not yet reached those fleeing, and that children in particular are vulnerable. He said two children and an elderly woman passed away in rains two days ago, and that another two children had died of thirst walking to Agok. Others had been taken by lions.

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