22 July 2013

Sudan: 'WFP Bills Unpaid', So Millers Turn Displaced Away

Dreige Camp — The owners of grain mills at Dreige camp near Nyala, capital of South Darfur have refused to grind corn for displaced people, alleging that the World Food Programme (WFP) "has not paid them the invoices for grinding corn".

A displaced woman from the camp told Radio Dabanga that when they brought their corn to the mills on Friday, the millers refused. She said the millers told her that they will only grind corn for displaced people again "once the WFP has paid them their bills of four months."

The woman pointed out that this decision "will double the suffering of the displaced, especially in the holy month of Ramadan" and appealed to the WFP to pay the millers' bills.

As reported recently by Radio Dabanga, scaled-down activities by humanitarian NGOs due to the deteriorating security situation throughout Darfur, logistical supply problems coupled with the increased demand during Ramadan has seen prices rise to levels that are unaffordable for most of the displaced.

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