NGO reports high rate of malnutrition in Sudan's West Darfur

Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- A rapid assessment conducted around the town of Mukjar in Sudan's West Darfur region by the NGO Medair, has found a high rate of malnutrition among children below the age of five.
Among some 900 children surveyed earlier this month, 100 were found to be malnourished while 502 were either moderately or mildly malnourished, the NGO reported.
The increasing malnutrition comes against the backdrop of political instability and violence in the area.
In August, at least 150 people were killed and 225 injured in a series of militia attacks in Wadi Sali province.
Most of the displaced lost all their possessions and livestock, after 89 villages were burned down.
Almost 32,000 people fled to Mukjar where malaria, diarrhoea and respiratory infections were thriving in the absence of health facilities.
The NGO said sanitary conditions in the town were very poor, adding that out of nine hand pumps there, only two were working, forcing locals to dig for water in a riverbed.
UN sources say about 75,000 people from Darfur have since fled to neighbouring Chad or remained scattered along the border, while a further 300,000 within Darfur have been displaced by the fighting.

13 octobre 2003 19:13:00

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