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Water, services lacking in Kutum, Saraf Umra camps, North Darfur

May 25 - 2015 KUTUM / SARAF UMRA
Women collect water in El Sareif Beni Hussein, North Darfur (Albert González Farran/Unamid)
Women collect water in El Sareif Beni Hussein, North Darfur (Albert González Farran/Unamid)

The residents of the Kassab camp for the displaced in Kutum locality are suffering from a severe shortage of drinking water since three weeks. The displaced in Saraf Umra locality are complaining about a deterioration of basic services in the camps.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga, a Kassab camp activist reported that 11 out of the 20 water pumps at the camp broke down.

She said that people have to queue for a long time in front of the remaining water stations in order to obtain some water, and appealed to the North Darfur state authorities to speed up the repair of the water engines.

Basic services

The displaced in the Saraf Umra camps complain about a deterioration of basic services.

“We are suffering from a lack of clean drinking water, health care, and educational facilities,” an elder of one of the Saraf Umra camps for the displaced explained to Radio Dabanga.

He described the security situation in the locality as “extremely unstable, as militiamen continue their threats and attacks against the people”.

The camp elder demanded from the UN and aid organisations to intervene, and operate the hospital, and provide water and relief to the displaced in Saraf Umra.


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