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Thirst in South Darfur’s El Salam camp

May 4 - 2015 EL SALAM CAMP / NYALA
Women collect water from a well in  Darfur (file photo)
Women collect water from a well in Darfur (file photo)

The more than 80,000 residents of El Salam camp for the displaced, south of Nyala, capital of South Darfur, are suffering from an acute drinking water crisis.

Sheikh Mahjoub Adam Tabaldiya told Radio Dabanga that the displaced are “actually short of drinking water since five months, when the first water engines broke down. During the past five months, 20 pumps stopped working. The last one, at Block 5, used by far too many people in the end, broke down nearly one month ago.”

Tabaldiya pointed out that the displaced now “have to walk long distances to fetch water, as the price of drinking water sold commercially is rising fastly”.

Via Radio Dabanga, he appealed to the authorities to intervene, and find a solution “as soon as possible”.

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