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North Darfur displaced protest food ration cuts

March 17 - 2015 EL FASHER LOCALITY
Displaced of Naivasha camp, North Darfur, unload bags of sorghum from a WFP lorry, February 2014 (Albert González Farran/Unamid)
Displaced of Naivasha camp, North Darfur, unload bags of sorghum from a WFP lorry, February 2014 (Albert González Farran/Unamid)

Residents of El Salam camp for the displaced in Kabkabiya locality, North Darfur, staged a demonstration on Monday, in protest against the reduction of humanitarian assistance.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga, El Salam camp sheikh Mutawakil Mohamed Bashir said that officers of the Sudanese Humanitarian Aid Commission and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) had informed them that morning that only the vulnerable displaced would receive aid.

“They told us that after an inventory of the needs of the camp residents, it will be decided who will continue to receive food rations, and who not. Other relief services would be reduced too.

“We responded by telling them frankly that all displaced at the camp are vulnerable. All of them, without exeption, are in need of assistance, as they lost all their belongings. They are also not able to search for work because of the rampant insecurity in the region.”

The sheikh said that after the displaced heard about the new policies, “they spontaneously staged a demonstration in the camp, calling for the continuation of food ration distributions to all of them”.

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