23 December 2012

Sudan: Displaced Dankoj Reject Camp Relocation Plans

Dankoj Camp — Residents from Dankoj camp in Saraf Omra locality, North Darfur, have rejected the locality's decision to move the camp. The locality's leadership has announced its decision to move the camp to a new location, at about 2 kilometers northeast of the city.

A camp activist told Radio Dabanga on Friday, 21 December, that the executive director of Saraf Omra locality, Ismail Ahmed, informed the displaced in a meeting on the decision to move the camp to an area northeast of the town.

It was reported that the executive director also announced that the price for a piece of land in the new area would be around 900 Sudanese pounds and to obtain a piece of land certain documents would be required.

The activist explained that the displaced rejected the decision for a number of reasons; the displacement is temporary and they will return to their areas of origin when peace and security prevails, the new area lacks basic services such as water, schools and health care in addition to the lack of financial means for the relocation.

He has appealed to the local authorities not to add any more burdens and troubles to the present ones and to cancel the plans for the relocation of the camp.

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