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Newly displaced in North Darfur’s Tabit living rough

December 16 - 2015 TABIT
Newly displaced in Kalma camp, 9 March 2014 (Albert González Farran/Unamid)
Newly displaced in Kalma camp, 9 March 2014 (Albert González Farran/Unamid)

The people who fled repeated militia attacks on their villages south of Tabit, North Darfur, in the first week December, are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.

“Most of the more than 7,000 newly displaced are children and women, who are living in the open near the outskirts of Tabit,” a listener reported to Radio Dabanga.

“They suffer from the biting cold, a shortage of food, medicines, and blankets,” he said.

He added that especially the children and the elderly are hit by diseases. “Dozens of children are showing signs of malnutrition. 17 of them are currently being treated in the Tabit health centre.

The source appealed to humanitarian organisations to “speed up the provision of the so-much needed food and covers”.

On Friday, two lorries arrived in Tabit with food and relief items, donated by the Qatari Sheikh Thani Bin Abdullah Foundation for Humanitarian Services. The items were to be distributed the next day.

Three children reportedly died of exhaustion and cold on 5 December. Last week, the death of a fourth child was reported.

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