UN official tasks international community on Darfur people

New York, US (PANA) - UN Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Ms. Valerie Amos, on Wednesday said the international community must do more to ensure the people of Sudan's Darfur region can better provide for themselves.

A UN statement, made available to PANA in New York, stated that Ms. Amos, who is currently
on a four-day visit to Darfur, expressed disappointment that after 10 years of humanitarian
operations, the region was still not self-reliant.

She said that stronger bridges needed to be built between humanitarian and development work.

"However, this has become increasingly difficult as many non-governmental organizations
are facing a serious funding shortage and do not have the resources to meet growing
humanitarian needs," the UN official noted.

She said that over the past six weeks, more than 10,000 internally displaced persons
(IDPs) have been registered in Kalma camp, just outside Nyala, the capital of South Darfur.

Kalma was already home to an estimated 82,000 people, many of whom had been living
there for years.

According to her the humanitarian community needed to think about how it could strengthen its capacity to meet the urgent needs of these people (in Kalma) and the more than one million others like them throughout Darfur.

The statement disclosed that on Wednesday, Ms. Amos met with internally displaced people
at the Zam Zam camp and held talks with authorities and the head of the joint African
Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) in El Fasher.

Sudan's Darfur region has been in a state of crisis for 10 years and the numbers of people
affected have grown steadily during that time.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), there are
now 1.4 million people receiving humanitarian assistance in nearly 100 displacement camps
across Darfur.
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