12 May 2013

Sudan: S Darfur Camps Receive 1,500 New Displaced Families

Girayda — About 1500 newly displaced families from the areas of Tabaldia and Abu Jabra fled to Girayda after militias attacked the two areas last week. "The families are living in inhuman conditions, without any food, water or shelter", an activist from Girayda told Radio Dabanga. He added that around 600 families arrived to Girayda from the areas of Tabaldia and are now staying in the vicinity of the city.

Moreover, the activist explained that around 500 more families from the village of Abu Jabra. The village was torched last week by pro-government militants. The families are currently staying in the outskirts of the city in a camp named Abu Jabra.

Another 400 families arrived to Girayda camps from the area of Donkey Drisa which was exposed to an attack by militias, the activist stated. He announced that the total number of newply displaced reached 1,500 families and claimed that no assistance has arrived other than the Red Crescent for registration purposes.

The activist appealed to international aid organizations as well as the Humanitarian Aid Commission to take immediate action in providing food, drinking water and tarpaulins for the families.

Militants kill displaced and loot cattle:

In another incident, displaced Ismail Abdul Rahman from Girayda camp was shot dead when militants attacked the area of Eidan on Saturday, situated at about 20 kilometers west of Girayda in South Darfur. Speaking to Radio Dabanga, witnesses said that the militants, who arrived on camels, took three of Abdul Rahman's donkeys and threatened to attack Abuja's market, one of the largest markets in the Girayda area, on Sunday. The threat caused a big market in Girayda to shut down as well as Abuja market.

Activists from Girayda town and its camps demanded state and local authorities to provide security and to put an end to the militia attacks.

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