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Aid arrives for 38,000 new displaced in North Darfur

February 26 - 2015 NORTH DARFUR
Newly displaced, mostly women and children, continue to arrive at Zamzam camp from East Jebel Marra. 15 February 2015 (Hamid Abdulsalam/Unamid)
Newly displaced, mostly women and children, continue to arrive at Zamzam camp from East Jebel Marra. 15 February 2015 (Hamid Abdulsalam/Unamid)

Aid organisations continue to assess and verify the needs of thousands of people who fled their homes following attacks on their villages and fighting between government forces and rebel movements in North Darfur, and parts of Jebel Marra since December 2014.

By 22 February, about 38,000 people, accounting for 93 percent of the total figure of 41,304 new displaced who have been registered , have access basic health services. More than 36,000 of them are enjoying clean drinking water, and have received hygiene promotion material, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Sudan in its latest weekly bulletin.  

“However, there are major sanitation challenges given the lack of latrines, particularly in Um Baru, where an estimated 7,500 newly displaced sought shelter near the Unamid base in the area. About 17,000 new displaced have received food rations for one to three months.”

In the Zamzam camp, near North Darfur’s capital El Fasher, aid agencies are currently verifying an estimated 5,700 newly arrived people. The World Food Organisation provided the national Humanitarian Aid and Development organisation with two rapid response kits to cover the needs of 6,000 people for three months.

Unicef and the government’s Water and Environmental Sanitation (WES) Department have also started drilling three boreholes in the camp. A new water tank, with a capacity of 50m³ was installed to increase water supply.

In the villages of Mideisis and Kino in El Sareif Beni Hussein locality, aid agencies have confirmed the arrival of 1,645 newly displaced, reportedly from Abu Gamra village in Karnoi locality.

Médecins Sans Frontières-Spain (MSF-E) will distribute emergency household supplies. Water and food supplies, as well as hygiene material, such as jerrycans are also required, according to MSF-E.

OCHA also notes that the aid agencies need financial support from donors to maintain available services and assistance beyond February 2015.


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