1 000s 'needy after Sudan rebel attacks'
30 April 2013, 13:39
El Rahad - Thousands of Sudanese need food, water and
shelter, a source in an aid organisation said on Tuesday, after they fled a
widening rebel offensive that swept through a previously peaceful area.
The source in Sudan's Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) told
AFP that several thousand from one district alone, Abu Kershola, had converged
on the North Kordofan town of El Rahad.
"They are in a miserable situation," said the
source, asking for anonymity.
He said a team from HAC is in the area to assess people's
Abu Kershola, in the far north of South Kordofan state, was
one of several areas in North and South Kordofan which the Sudan Revolutionary
Front (SRF) rebel alliance said it attacked on Saturday.
Villagers from Abu Kershola earlier told AFP they were
living rough under trees after fleeing.
The rebels briefly occupied Umm Rawaba, the second-largest
town in North Kordofan. Residents complained their community had been left
undefended, but government bombers and helicopters were in the air after the
Except for occasional rebel forays over the border from the
conflict-plagued Darfur region, North Kordofan had been generally peaceful.
SRF said they attacked as part of their strategy to reach
the capital Khartoum and overthrow the 24-year regime of President Omar