Recent clash in the Blue Nile State of the Sudan has forced AHA to halt its operation in the area and evacuate its staff. In South Kordofan where AHA’s regional office is based, our staff came under gun fire attack on Friday forcing them to seek refuge across the border in Kurmuk, Ethiopia.
The sudden security deterioration has forced fellow humanitarian actors and residents to vacate the area. AHA has since established minimal satellite contact with the area and has learned our office was among many looted following the fighting on Friday. Although the extent of the damage is unknown at present, AHA has learned that one operations vehicle has been taken along with office equipments and furniture.
AHA is grateful that its entire staff have survived this ordeal. Our hearts are with the beneficiaries whom we have been forced to leave behind. We urge all parties to cease fire and make way for humanitarian work to resume.
AHA has over 191,500 beneficiaries in the region many of whom rely on our food supply and daily school feeding programs for nutritious meals. We will closely monitor the situation and resume our services when we are assured of the safety of our staff.
We thank all who were instrumental in securing the welfare of AHA staff.