8 June 2012

Sudan: Neem Camp - No Food Aid for a Year

Neem Camp — Sheikh Said Bakr, leader of Neem camp in East Darfur has said there are around one million people in the camp that have not received any food rations for a full year.

In a interview with Radio Dabanga Sheikh AbuBabr said the conditions are catastrophic noting that the camp residents were forced out of their homes as their villages were attacked.

He said they had told the World Food Programme and the Humanitarian Aid Commission but neither have moved to take any action.

He appealed to the both bodies to act immediately to save these people from hunger before the situation deteriorates further.

Water crisis adding to woes

The Sheikh also said a water crisis is increasing the suffering of camp residents, along with a deterioration in health services after the government suspended Sudan Aid, a body running the health centres across Neem camp.

He said patients in need of critical care are forced to find their way to Daein hospital, which is also stuggling under the weight of increased demand.

The Sheikh appealed to HAC and humanitarian organisations to resolve the water crisis and work to proivde urgently needed health services, especially before Autumn approaches.

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