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Thirst in North Darfur's Tabit, eastern Sudan's El Gedaref

February 25 - 2016 TABIT / EL GEDAREF
Children ride a donkey cart in the Jabarona settlement for the displaced in western Omdurman (Ian Timberlake/AFP)
Children ride a donkey cart in the Jabarona settlement for the displaced in western Omdurman (Ian Timberlake/AFP)

The residents of Tabit and surrounding villages in Tawila locality, North Darfur, and the newly displaced from Jebel Marra who sought shelter in the area suffer from an acute drinking water crisis.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga, residents and displaced reported a severe shortage of drinking water “since a long time”. The people spend most of their time queueing to get some water, “which is far from enough for their needs”.

The sources explained that there is a one water engine operating in the area “for a period of four hours a day only, while the armed forces are given priority”.

They appealed to the local authorities and the state government to immediately resolve the problem.

El Gedaref

Also in eastern Sudan, people complain about a lack of water. “Long interruptions of water provision in El Gedaref town have become a common occurrence,” activist Jaafar Khidir told Radio Dabanga.

“The residents of the majority of the districts now depend on buying expensive water from donkey carts,” he said. “We pay about SDG20 ($3.30) for a barrel of drinking water.”


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