UN: Year to date IDPs by conflict in Darfur are more than 230,000

UN announced that the conflict in Darfur has displaced more than 230,000 people since the beginning of this year.

Al Taghyeer, Agencies

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) revealed that more than 230,000 people have been displaced by the conflict in Darfur since the beginning of thisyear, which is more than four times the 53,000 people displaced throughout 2020.

According to UN News, OCHA reported that the security situation in Ag Geneina, western Darfur, is stable but it remainstense and unforeseeable.

The top needs of those who have been newly displaced are food, protection, shelter and water, among otherssaid FarhanHaq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, at the daily press briefing.

He added that the UN and its partners continue to scale up their response.

As of yesterday, and since the start of the current conflict in January, we have reached more than 100,000 people with food assistance; 65,000 people with health services; and 64,000 people with emergency shelter and other supplies.

The UN has warned that with the rainy season approaching, scaling up the humanitarian response will be a major challenge given the current limitation capacity and shortage of funding. So far, only “10%” of the Humanitarian Response Plan is funded.

The civil confrontations reemerged in Ag Geneina in early April.

The Sudanese Security and Defense Council approved the declaration of a state of emergency in West Darfur, attempting to end the security chaos and instilling the sense of respect for the government.

In a press release, the Sudanese Minister of Defense, Maj. Gen.Yassin Ibrahim Yassin, announced the formation of a supreme committee with full mandate and powers to deal with violations of the Peace Agreement provisions.

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan, Volker Perthes, called on the government to ensure safety and access to humanitarian organizations providing services to those affected, and to investigate and hold accountable those responsible for the violence.

Al Geneina witnessed an armed attack in mid-January, which claimed the lives of nearly 200 people, before matters were restored.

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