UN reviews humanitarian situation in Darfur

New York- US (PANA) -- The United Nations on Wednesday began a five-day assessmen t of the humanitarian situation in both Southern Sudan and the war-torn Darfur r e gion.
The Pan African News Agency (PANA) reports that the review will be carried out b y UN Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, John Holmes.
A statement made available to PANA in New York, stated that ``Mr.
Holmes will ar rive today (Wednesday) in Sudan to commence the exercise.
" It also said the UN humanitarian chief will also review the situation in the are as affected by the recent explusion of some humanitrarian organisations by the S u danese government.
It said Homles would travel to Southern Sudan on 8 May, where he would meet with UN humanitarian officials and representatives from the government of Southern S u dan.
``He will on 9 May proceed to Darfur to meet with local leaders and aid workers and also visit Zam Zam camp for the internally displaced persons in North Darfur , '' the statement added.
PANA learnt that Holmes will during the visit, also meet with Sudanese governmen t officials, the humanitarian country team and some representatives from donor c o mmunity and regional organisations.
The situation in Darfur, in particular, had been of great concern to the interna tional humanitarian community since last March, when the government of Sudan exp e lled 13 international NGOs and revoked the permits of three local ones.

06 may 2009 17:39:00




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