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Darfur displaced invite US Deputy Secretary of State to visit camps

February 24 - 2015 KALMA CAMP / KHARTOUM
Steven Feldstein speaks to reporters in Juba on 3 July 2014 (Sudan Tribune)
Steven Feldstein speaks to reporters in Juba on 3 July 2014 (Sudan Tribune)

The Darfur Displaced and Refugees Association has invited the US Deputy Secretary of State for Democracy and Human Rights, who is currently in Sudan, to visit the camps in Darfur.

“We want to directly tell Steven Feldstein about the dire humanitarian, security, and health conditions we are living in,” Hussein Abu Sharati, the spokesman for the Association told Dabanga.

He welcomed the visit of the US senior official, though he said that “we are not optimistic about the possibility that he will visit Darfur”.

“If the UN does not intervene and addresses our triple problem of thirst, hunger, and diseases, this summer will be disastrous for many displaced”

The spokesman said that the displaced’ main needs are security, drinking water, as well as food, “especially after the camps administrations received a letter from the World Food Programme (WFP) that the food rations will be reduced again in 2015”.

“The WFP explained in the letter that they divide the displaced into two categories, into people who are capable to sustain themselves, and those who are incapable of doing so.”

Abu Sharati added that the shortage of water in the camps “may lead to a large crisis the coming summer. If the UN does not intervene and addresses our triple problem of thirst, hunger, and diseases, this summer will be disastrous for many displaced”.

He renewed his call to Feldstein to visit the Darfur camps, “as he will not get proper information about the severity of the displaced' suffering by talking to officials in the capital”.

Sudanese Commission for Human Rights

In Khartoum, the US official discussed the human rights situation in the country with the Sudanese Commissioner for Human Rights, as well as the Commission's handling of complaints, with special focus on the Tabit mass rape by army soldiers end October last year.

The Commission promised Feldstein to provide him with reports on the mass rape, and about the Commission’s way of dealing with complaints about human rights violations.


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