The people who fled militia attacks on their villages south of Tabit in North Darfur's Tawila locality are still living rough.
An estimated 7,400 villagers, most of them women and children, sought refuge near Tabit after their villages were pillaged and torched by militiamen on 2 and 3 December.
One of the newly displaced told Radio Dabanga that their number increased to more than 9,000 during the past few days as a result of new arrivals from the villages of Dali, Koushna, and Magharba that were attacked recently.
He said that most of the newly displaced are living under trees and makeshift sun shades in the area one kilometre east of Tabit. “We do not have access to water, food, medicines, and covers during the hot days and the cold, windy nights.
“The most important things we need are water, food, and covers,” he repeated several times, and urged humanitarian organisations to provide aid “as soon as possible”.
Three children reportedly died of exhaustion and cold on 5 December. Six days later, the death of a fourth child was reported.