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Displacement in Darfur this year mainly from and within Jebel Marra

August 12 - 2016 SUDAN
Displaced hiding in Caves in western Jebel Marra in February 2016 (RD)
Displaced hiding in Caves in western Jebel Marra in February 2016 (RD)

The vast majority of the displacement in Darfur in 2016 has been triggered by the conflict in the Jebel Marra area, which started in January 2016, according to the latest humanitarian bulletin by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

During the first seven months of 2016, 82,000 people were newly displaced across Darfur according to the UN and partners. Up to an additional 117,000 people were also reportedly displaced (in addition to another 51,000 who have reportedly returned), but the UN and partners are unable to verify these figures due to a lack of access to the relevant locations. The vast majority of the displacement in 2016 has been triggered by the conflict in the Jebel Marra area, which started in January 2016, and efforts are ongoing to access areas reportedly hosting displaced from Jebel Marra in South and Central Darfur in order to identify their number and needs.

Although the governmental Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) in Central Darfur reported that newly displaced in North Darfur originating from Jebel Marra have started returning, no clear movements from North Darfur have been observed. UN partners and the UN–AU Mission in Darfur (Unamid) undertook a joint mission to Golo, Central Darfur, on 4 and 5 August, which included meetings with local authorities and ministers, aimed at advocating for access to parts of Central Darfur where people may be in need of assistance. No official report has been released yet but is expected to be finalised soon.

New displacement from East Jebel Marra reported by HAC in South Darfur

An estimated 1,250 people (250 households) displaced from East Jebel Marra have reportedly arrived in Otash and Kass camps for the displaced in South Darfur, according to HAC. This is in addition to 25,095 displaced who arrived from different parts of Jebel Marra earlier this year, who have been registered by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). IOM is planning to carry out verification of the new arrivals.

(Source: OCHA)


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