Monday, June 13, 2011

AFRICA: SUDAN: VIOLENT FIGHTING CONTINUES IN AREA

Agenzia Fides REPORT - "The telephone network has been disabled and is therefore very difficult to obtain information from the area" His Excellency Mgr. Michael Didi Adgum Mangora says to Fides, coadjutor Bishop of El Obeid, in whose jurisdiction is included Southern Kordofan (Sudan), whose capital, Kadugli, has been the center of violent fighting between the troops of the north and south Sudan for days. "I want to get in touch with the sisters who are still in town, but the mobile phone network does not work", said Mgr. Mangora. The two Comboni Sisters working together with a priest in the parish of Kadugli and have been in a complex of the UN for some days(see Fides 06/09/2011). From the fragmentary information received, Mgr. Mangora can say that "the situation of displaced persons is critical, because they are without food or water. Even those who have returned home cannot buy anything because the shops have been closed". According to the UN Office for Humanitarian Aid about 30 thousand to 40 thousand people have fled from Kadugli. The UN says that fighting and bombing by aviation in Khartoum is still continuing in the area.

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