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‘Conditions for North Darfur displaced dire’: camp coordinator

July 27 - 2015 NORTH DARFUR
A woman sells seeds at the Zamzam camp for the displaced in North Darfur (Owies Elfaki/Unamid)
A woman sells seeds at the Zamzam camp for the displaced in North Darfur (Owies Elfaki/Unamid)

The situation of the displaced living in North Darfur has become extremely dire, according to Omda Ahmed Ateem, coordinator of the North Darfur camps.

“All registered displaced receive an amount of SDG33 ($5) per month from the North Darfur Chamber, in agreement with the World Food Programme (WFP),” he told Radio Dabanga.

Ateem stressed that this amount is “by far not enough to cover the needs of the displaced in terms of food and water”.

“Almost all basic services collapsed after the aid organisations were evicted in 2009”, Ateem explained, referring to the expulsion of ten international humanitarian relief agencies by President Al Bashir in March that year, a day after  the International Criminal Court had issued an arrest warrant against him for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The coordinator further said that the poor security situation in the region bars the displaced from searching for other sources of income.

He called on the UN Security Council to protect the people in Darfur by implementingits resolutions issued on the war-torn region, and arrange for the return of the international relief organisations.

 


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