WFP warns 500,000 could flee Blue Nile and South Kordofan states
The World Food Programme (WFP) has warned the conflict in Blue Nile and South Kordofan could force up to half a million people to flee to South Sudan in the next few months, if Khartoum continues to block access to aid organizations trying to operate in the states.
Ramiro Lopes da Silva, Deputy Executive Director of the WFP said during the past week more than 1,000 people crossed the border to South Sudan.
He said this was the same as the rate of people that crossed from Somalia into Kenya at the height of the famine in the Horn of Africa last year.
'In a couple of months we are in what is typically the hunger season, both in Sudan and South Sudan, and obviously the impact on those populations is potentially very serious.'
The Deputy Director said the WFP calls for Khartoum to allow the arrival of more humanitarian aid to Blue Nile and South Kordofan.
The government continues to insist it is concerned about the possibility of assistance reaching rebel controlled areas.