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35,000 Sudanese refugees in Chad in dire need

May 4 - 2016 GOZ AMER CAMP
Darfuri boys in a refugee camp in eastern Chad (file photo)
Darfuri boys in a refugee camp in eastern Chad (file photo)

The Sudanese refugees in Goz Amer camp in eastern Chad complain of a severe shortage of humanitarian aid, health services, and food.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga on Tuesday, a number of refugees from the camp said that the health facilities of the camp, which accommodates more than 35,000 refugees, lack medicines and medical professionals to perform routine check-ups.

They say that the refugees are forced to purchase medicines external pharmacies for high prices.

They also complain that the monthly food rations have decreased, and of a shortage of drinking water.

Repatriation

In September 2015, the Sudanese Commissioner for Refugees’ Affairs, Hamad El Jezouli, announced the signing of a tripartite agreement between the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), Sudan, and Chad to repatriate 300,000 Sudanese refugees and some 8,500 Chadian refugees to their respective countries within the framework of the voluntary repatriation programme.

However, the leaders of the refugees reject the repatriation programme.

“The implementation of a repatriation programme requires a secure situation, based on a comprehensive peace agreement for the entire Sudan, as well as the provision of adequate services and infrastructure,” a refugee leader told Radio Dabanga following the announcement.

“Further, the new settlers who have taken over our lands are to be evacuated and the refugees have to be compensated, individually and collectively.”


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