UN, Unamid demand access to Darfur for aid workers
The UN and the humanitarian community at large are increasingly constrained from helping the majority of those affected by violence in Darfur.
“Due to the access restrictions and security constraints placed upon humanitarian agencies, even monitoring the numbers of people who have been displaced from their homes is increasingly challenging,” Unamid Deputy Joint Special Representative, Joseph Mutaboba, and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Ali Al Za’tari stated in a joint statement issued on Thursday.
“We express deep concern at the increasing violence in Darfur. In the last month, a wave of violence has been underway in Darfur, affecting tens of thousands of people. Since the beginning of 2014, more than 215,000 people in Darfur have been displaced from their homes. Many people in Darfur have no choice, but to flee their homes in fear.”
“Enormous amounts of humanitarian need are being generated by this violence, but our ability to assess the condition of people who have been affected by the conflict and deliver to them the aid that they need has been severely hampered.”
The UN and Unamid officials in their statement call upon the Government of Sudan, and all actors and parties involved in the conflict and the international community to “take robust measures to ensure the protection of civilians and unimpeded access of aid workers in Darfur”.
File photo: A newly displaced woman and her child who fled from militia attacks on the area southeast of Nyala on 27 and 28 February, shelter under their donkey cart in El Salam camp, South Darfur, 9 March 2014 (Albert González Farran/Unamid)
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