25 February 2013

Sudan: North Darfur Tribal Clashes - '63 Families' Arrive in Displaced Camp

Photo: Tim McKulka/UN Photo
Victims of ethnic violence receiving treatment at a hospital in Akobo, Sudan (file photo).

Zalingei — Sixty-three families from regions affected by the new wave of tribal clashes in North Darfur have recently arrived in camp Hamidiya near Zalingei, in Central Darfur. They come mostly from Umm Jurua, Bela Frash, Kala and Birka Saira, according to a camps coordinator.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga the coordinator noted that UN OCHA representatives visited the camp on Sunday and assessed the conditions of the newly displaced, which he described as "very bad".

As it appears, these families left all of their possessions behind and are enduring the hot sun without any shelter or other services.

The coordinator asked the agencies represented by UNAMID to speed-up assistance to the displaced and to provide them shelter, water, medicines and health services.

He is also asking the international community and donors to support the "unprecedented increasing amount "of displaced arriving in Nertiti, Al-Sref Beni Hussein, Kabkabiya and Abu Gamra.

Pressuring the Sudanese government to allow organizations to move freely, without pre-conditions, so that aid can be delivered to the affected people in Darfur, is another demand of the coordinator to the international community.

In addition, Hamidiya's representative said the Sudanese government is the cause of war and it should be held responsible for what is happening in Darfur, not its communities.

He noted that all weapons and vehicles used by militias are provided by the government, and the Darfuris are the ones in the losing side.

In a press statement from 8 February, the United States urged the Sudanese government to "urgently disarm militias in Darfur" amid concerns of rapid security deterioration in the north of the region.

UNAMID stated that between October and November 2012 the UN recorded 71 incidents relating to access constraints to Darfur. The number includes constraints imposed by the Government of Sudan and those necessarily imposed by humanitarian due to security threats.

In the beginning of this month, the general commissioner of the Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) in Sudan announced the country would ensure as much freedom of movement as possible to humanitarian agencies and to the UN.

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