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North Darfur displaced queue for water

March 18 - 2015 ZAMZAM CAMP
The Golo reservoir, near El Fasher, North Darfur, used as a source of water supply for local farmers (Albert González Farran/Unamid)
The Golo reservoir, near El Fasher, North Darfur, used as a source of water supply for local farmers (Albert González Farran/Unamid)

The residents of Zamzam camp for the displaced, near El Fasher, capital of North Darfur, are suffering from a severe drinking water crisis.

“People are queuing in long lines, from the early morning onwards. The lines are that long that after waiting for 24 hours, they still have not obtained a tin of water,” a Zamzam camp sheikh reported to Radio Dabanga.

He explained that the lack of water sources and the increase in the number of displaced have exacerbated the problem.

“In particular the newly displaced have difficulties in accessing drinking water. They live far away from water sources, and have to walk for 3 kilometres to reach a water source, and then walk back the same distance carrying the water tins on their heads,” he added.

The sheikh appealed to the North Darfur authorities and organisations working in the field of water, to immediately intervene to resolve the problem. 


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