23 January 2013

Sudan: Roads Still Closed in North Darfur Tribal Clash Areas, Food Shortage

Al-Sref Beni Hussein — Citizens of Al-Sref Beni Hussein city that is currently housing thousands of displaced from areas affected by the Abbala/ Beni Hussein tribal clashes are complaining about the lack of essential food items.

An activist told Radio Dabanga on Wednesday that articles such as sugar, tea and onions are missing at the town's market. He did confirm the arrival of aid to the region, but stressed that only corn, oil and sorghum were delivered which is not enough to feed the people.

Students and activists requested authorities to accelerate the provision of essential food items to Al-Sref Beni Hussein.

Roads closed:

Vital roads connecting Kabkabiya and Saraf Omra and al-Sref Beni Hussein and Saraf Omra remain closed, despite the cease-fire agreement signed recent between the warring parties, the activist pointed out.

He stressed the charter stipulated that all roads should be opened, what has not yet happened.

According to the activist, this is preventing trucks carrying rations and non-food items from reaching Al-Sref Beni Hussein city.

In addition, some vehicles transporting aid from Saraf Omra to Al-Sref Beni Hussein were stopped by Abbala men stationed on the road who ordered them to turn around. There are currently "several trucks" stationed in Saraf Omra waiting to deliver aid.

Student activists called on authorities to "do their job" and open the roads immediately.

Security precautions:

The commissioner of Al-Sref Beni Hussein locality, Hussein Haroun, confirmed to Radio Dabanga on Wednesday that the roads between Al-Sref Beni Hussein city and Saraf Omra are still closed. He said this is because of "security precautions".

Haroun also confirmed that convoys carrying aid are still waiting in Saraf Omra to deliver their cargo.

However, he said, they are waiting for the arrival of security forces to escort them to Al-Sref Beni Hussein and to open the road connecting both places.

The commissioner assured these roads will be open either "tomorrow or the day after".

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