The UN Migration Agency’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), specializing in measuring and tracking sudden displacement and population movements, revealed through its Emergency Event Tracking (EET) that more than 100,000 individuals in displacement are currently seeking shelter in al-Geneina and surrounding villages.
The ethnic conflicts between the Masalit tribe and the Arab tribes inhabiting the region, which began earlier this year in January, have brought displacement to more than 100,000 individuals currently seeking shelter at al-Geneina.
Cases of displaced individuals belonging to the “vulnerability” category – those identified as “lactating women”, “malnourished”, “chronically-ill”, “mentally-ill”, and “pregnant women” among others— have been recorded at 14,511 cases.
Nearly 20,000 of the displaced households are currently taking shelter at schools and public buildings, while a reported 1,778 are taking refuge in open areas.
The priority needs for those displaced within al-Geneina and outside villages include WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene), food, emergency shelter, education, and non-food items.
More than half of the individuals displaced are female, with a majority of them aged 18-59.
Displacement in Decline
Although the West Darfur city currently hosts many displaced individuals, the numbers however display a drop in recorded displacements.
The highest number of displacements recorded was during the DTM’s fourteenth update, with the figure going up as high as 164,985.
The fourteenth update was published on the 16th of April of this year, with the findings recorded nearly two weeks after the inter-communal conflict escalation in al-Geneina and Haj Eljabal bumped up the original figure of 109,000+.
The number of individuals seeking shelter has dropped by 28% since the fourteenth update’s publishing, with the total count currently standing at to 107,479
This drop was attributed to the displaced figures returning to their households due to more stable security in their area-of-origin.