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North Darfur: Zamzam camp’s cash-strapped preschools close

August 8 - 2016 Zamzam camp
Children of the Zamzam camp for the displaced in North Darfur, 15 March 2011 (Olivier Chassot/Reuters)
Children of the Zamzam camp for the displaced in North Darfur, 15 March 2011 (Olivier Chassot/Reuters)

At least 17,000 preschool children in the Zamzam camp for the displaced in North Darfur have not had educational and psychosocial support since April.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga from Zamzam, an activist explained that 48 child centres in the camp have been closed because of a lack of funding since April this year. “More than 17,000 infants are therefore deprived of the opportunity to enjoy preschool education and receive psychosocial support.”

He appealed to the UNHCR to re-open these centres, and to Unicef to open kindergartens in the huge camp that hosts more than 150,000 displaced.

The activist expressed concern that the unsupervised youngsters may even face danger: “Children may drown in the many water ponds in the camp caused by the heavy rains.”


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