The population of more than a dozen villages in the area of Abu Ajura, El Salam locality in South Darfur, complain about rapidly deteriorating health and education services.
Speaking to Radio Dabanga, a resident of Abu Ajura explained that the more than 100,000 people living in the area depend mainly on an elderly medical assistant who moves by donkey from village to village to treat patients.
“The villagers complain about the spread of diseases and a rise of ill people who do not get treatment because of the dire health services and the soaring prices of medicines. Their already poor living conditions worsened after the failure of the agricultural season last year.”
The source said that the area also witnesses a large number of school drop-outs, caused by the scarcity of schools, the rampant insecurity, and the growing poverty. “Many children search for a job to cover their daily meals instead of going to school,” he explained.
He added that the state authorities “do not seem to care. However, they may are not be able to resolve the problem of the people in these villages.”