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Disease kills 21 Darfuri children in Chad

March 30 - 2015 EASTERN CHAD
Darfuri boys in a refugee camp in eastern Chad (file photo)
Darfuri boys in a refugee camp in eastern Chad (file photo)

At least 21 children in the Darfuri refugee camps in eastern Chad died of a mysterious disease last week.

The head of Iridimi refugee camp, near the West Darfur border, told Radio Dabanga that 15 children died of a disease causing fever, vomiting, and breathing difficulties.

In Touloum refugee camp, six children died of the same symptoms, camp head Haidar Gardia reported.

Both camp leaders requested the UN Refugees agency, UNHCR, to dispatch a medical team to the camps in eastern Chad, and contain the disease “before it kills more children”.

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