Sudan: UNAMID supports thousands of newly displaced in North Darfur

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Thousands of civilians, mostly women and children, have fled their villages following fighting between government forces and armed movements last month in North Darfur, the restive western Sudan region, the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said Friday.

A press release issued from the Mission's base in Al Fashir said UNAMID Deputy Joint Special Representative (DJSR) Abdul Kamara visited Um Baru in North Darfur, where newly internally displaced persons (IDPs) have sought refuge near the Mission’s team site.

According to the statement, UNAMID peacekeepers, together with UN humanitarian agencies and international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), have been providing protection and essential services to the IDPs since their arrival at Um Baru.

At his meeting with UN agencies and NGOs operating in the area, Mr. Kamara underscored the collaborative efforts and appreciated the coordination between UNAMID and international and local partners mainly in the provision of water, medical assistance, shelter and other assistance.

“I am impressed by the work that is going on and the level of coordination demonstrated in responding to this humanitarian challenge,” he said.

He also met with representatives of the IDPs who expressed their concerns, chief among which was the IDPs wish to relocate from the congested area outside the UNAMID team site to a more spacious location.

Mr. Kamara emphasized the need to improve temporary living conditions of the IDPs, even as efforts continued to work towards more sustainable solutions.
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13 february 2015 17:46:56

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