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WFP to review classification on North Darfur displaced

June 15 - 2016 ZAMZAM CAMP
New arrivals at Zamzam camp for the displaced near El Fasher, capital of North Darfur (Hamid Abdulsalam / Unamid).
New arrivals at Zamzam camp for the displaced near El Fasher, capital of North Darfur (Hamid Abdulsalam / Unamid).

The UN World Food Programme has agreed to review the last classification of displaced people in Zamzam camp near El Fasher, capital of North Darfur, by re-assessing lists of those not eligible for food support.

An activist from Zanzam camp told Radio Dabanga that on Tuesday, a meeting between a delegation from the WFP, Omdas, and Sheikhs was held in the camp in which the delegation handed the Omdas and Sheikhs new forms to be filled by the households classified as non-eligible.

He predicted that solutions will include more than 20 percent of the list of the non-eligible according to the latest classification of the WFP amounting to 37 percent of the total number of displaced in the camp.

On Tuesday Unamid’s north sector manager met about 100 leaders of Zamzam camp, who demanded during the meeting to have protection inside and outside the camp and sending patrols with the displaced when they go out to collect firewood.

He explained that they also demanded the Unamid delegation provide an ambulance to transport patients with emergency and critical cases to El Fasher, and to support youth and women’s activities in the camp.

Voluntary return

The activist said that during the meeting, an official from the department of political affairs of Unamid posed questions about security around the camp and voluntary return of the displaced.

He said that the leaders of the camp explained to Unamid the reality of the situation and described the issue of the voluntary return of the displaced persons as “government propaganda”.

He said that the displaced persons confirmed the impossibility of voluntary return under the current circumstances, and pointed to the occupation of their residential and agricultural lands by new settlers amid deterioration of the security situation in and outside the camp.

The displaced of camp Sortony in Kabkabiya locality reported that over the past weeks the state government authorities have stopped the construction of schools in the camp under the pretext of the displaced persons’ refusal to return to their villages.

On Tuesday a female activist told Radio Dabanga that there are about 1,600 pupils in need of education in the camp. 800 families have recently arrived at the camp without receiving tents or plastic sheets.

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