Two North Darfur localities housing more than 60,000 displaced persons for almost six months are facing an outbreak of Hepatitis E, with 170 cases diagnosed recently, Unamid said in a statement.
The localities of Saraf Omra and Al Sareif Beni Hussein have received thousands of people fleeing deadly clashes between the Abbala and Beni Hussein tribes that erupted in January over control of the Jebel ‘Amer gold mine. The UN estimates that more than 100,000 people were displaced as a result.
On Wednesday, Unamid and the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that they airlifted more than 1.5 tons of medical supplies to civilians in the two localities. The supplies were transferred to medical facilities, Unamid declared.
The Mission also announced that, together with the African Union, it signed an agreement to provide nearly $3 million (originally part of a $10 million Japanese government donation) for a variety of humanitarian, development and peace-building projects in Darfur.
The funds will be administered by the Trust Fund for the Support of Lasting Peace in Darfur.
File photo: 13 May 2013. Al Sareif Beni Hussein: Hawa Ibrahim, mother of six children, holds her baby in a new area for displaced families at the outskirts of the locality’s capital. She abandoned her village after her husband was recently killed (Albert González Farran/Unamid)
See also: Report: North Darfur gold mine conflicts not inter-tribal; Sudan regime behind them (14 May 2013)