Relief agencies urge more aid for Darfur

Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Sudanese Red Crescent Society (SRCS) stressed the need Thursday to step up humanitarian relief operations war-ravaged western Darfur.
The SRCS and the ICRC said they had together provided more than 42,000 internally displaced people with material assistance, including shelter, and ensured access to safe water for over 72,000 persons, including ethnic Arab communities affected by the conflict, in various locations.
The ICRC said it initiated rehabilitation and sanitation work in several health facilities and supplied a significant amount of drugs and equipment to the hospitals in Nyala and Al Fashir.
"The humanitarian situation is grave and the needs of the affected populations are vast and pressing," an ICRC official emphasised, saying the needs "are far from being covered by the current capacity of the humanitarian agencies.
" The UN and human rights groups have alleged "widespread atrocities" by government-backed Arab Janjaweed militia in the largely desert area of western Sudan, as it tried to suppress a rebellion which broke out there in February 2003.

30 april 2004 19:44:00

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