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Darfur instability prevents UN, EU diplomats visiting camp

Post by Mazy on Sat Apr 12 2014, 19:56

Darfur instability prevents UN, EU diplomats visiting camp
They hoped to visit Zam Zam camp, where more than 8,000 people have sought refuge from violence.
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Darfur's largest camp

KHARTOUM - Instability in Sudan's Darfur region has prevented top UN officials and European diplomats from visiting a camp where thousands have fled the worst fighting in a decade, officials said Thursday.

The delegation led by European Union ambassador Tomas Ulicny and Ali Al-Za'tari, the top United Nations official in Sudan, travelled to North Darfur on Wednesday to assess the situation on the ground and meet local officials.

They had hoped to visit Zam Zam camp, where more than 8,000 people have sought refuge from violence which has surged across the region since late February.

"The state authorities strongly advised not to visit Zam Zam camp" because of security reasons, Ulicny said.

Damian Rance, of the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said the delegation was told "for security reasons they couldn't go to Zam Zam".

The camp, about 12 kilometres (seven miles) southwest of El Fasher, is Darfur's largest.

Even before the latest influx, it already hosted more than 100,000 people displaced by 11 years of war in Darfur.

A reporter who visited Zam Zam last weekend found the new arrivals sheltering from the desert sun under trees, in the remains of abandoned houses, or under simple huts from bits of cloth and wood.

They said they were calling for food, shelter and other aid after fleeing attacks on their villages.

Sudanese authorities have regularly cited security reasons in denying aid workers access to parts of Darfur and other conflict zones in the country.

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Re: Darfur instability prevents UN, EU diplomats visiting camp

Post by Nicky80 on Sat Apr 12 2014, 21:11

Thanks Mazy, so the delegation was warned not to visit the camp for security reason....That confirms clearly how safe the refugees are in this camp -  not safe at all.... Very sad.

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Re: Darfur instability prevents UN, EU diplomats visiting camp

Post by Mazy on Sun Apr 13 2014, 18:58

Nicky80 wrote:Thanks Mazy, so the delegation was warned not to visit the camp for security reason....That confirms clearly how safe the refugees are in this camp -  not safe at all.... Very sad.

Afraid you are right Nicky.xxx

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Post by Nicky80 on Sun Apr 13 2014, 19:12

Pan I moved your post here 

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