3 February 2013

Sudan: Govt Allows Access to One North Darfur Town, Other Remains Closed

Saraf Omra — Authorities of Saraf Omra locality in North Darfur have allowed Red Cross access to the district's capital on Sunday. The agency will carry out an inventory of the amount displaced living in the town and of their needs.

Meanwhile, the commissioner of Kabkabiya locality continues to refuse humanitarian organizations from carrying out a similar assessment in his district. Authorities claim that non-food items should be delivered before they allow agencies to begin with registrations.

Radio Dabanga spoke with two displaced men who fled the tribal clashes between Abbala and Beni Hussein weeks ago and are now stationed in Saraf Omra and Kabkabiya.

They said people are still living on the streets and squares in both towns in "awful conditions, without food, medicine or cover". In addition, they are vulnerable to the ongoing harassment and threats by unknown armed groups at nighttime.

Both sources claim the armed groups are forcing the displaced to leave the squares, streets and government buildings and return to their villages. They believe the government has sent the gunmen.

Omda Ahmed Ateem, North Darfur camps' coordinator, condemned the discriminatory policy the displaced are subjected to by the "genocidal system".

He stressed to Radio Dabanga that human rights must be respected and aid must be delivered to all of those in need who fled the Jebel 'Amer fighting.

The omda demands that all displaced equally receive humanitarian relief and revealed that authorities of Saraf Omra and Kabkabiya are refusing to provide support to the victims.

He added authorities of Al-Sref Beni Hussein locality have provided "some assistance" to the people currently living in the district.

According to the omda, the amount of people fleeing to Kabkabiya and Saraf Omra continues to rise. He urged humanitarian organizations to provide emergency aid for the displaced in Kabkabiya, Saraf Omra in addition to those in Nertiti locality, Central Darfur.

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