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Water scarce at South Darfur’s Otash camp

January 3 - 2016 OTASH CAMP
A newly displaced child drinks water in Zamzam camp for the displaced, North Darfur (Hamid Abdulsalam/Unamid)
A newly displaced child drinks water in Zamzam camp for the displaced, North Darfur (Hamid Abdulsalam/Unamid)

The residents of the Otash camp for the displaced near Nyala, capital of South Darfur, have renewed their complaints about the shortage of drinking water.

One of the Otash camp sheikhs told Radio Dabanga that the drinking water crisis started nearly one month ago after both the governmental Water and Sanitation Department (WES) and the organisation which used to provide fuel for the operation of the pump engines stopped their work at the camp “without providing a reason”.

The sheikh appealed to the local and state authorities to speed up the provision of clean drinking water to the displaced. He pointed out that the camp residents lack the means to fetch water from the commercial wells. “They are now forced to buy a jerry can of water for SDG2 ($0.33).”


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