Displaced families who have fled the conflict zones of Umm Dukhun, Rahad El Berdi, Dimbar, Faih Murr and Shafwa are suffering “harsh humanitarian conditions” at camp Saraf in Nyala.
Speaking to Radio Dabanga, a spokesman for the displaced said that 1,288 families who have come from the conflict zones of South and Central Darfur. “They fled Rahad El Berdi Rahad to Nyala in April last year, after the start of hostilities between the Misseriya and Salamat tribes,” he said.
“We initially stayed at Zahra secondary school in Nyala, but when the school year started, we were moved to Saraf camp, where there is a general lack of services.”
The spokesman criticised the government, accusing it of failing to carry out its duties and obligations towards its citizens: “It is unreasonable of the government to ignore 1,288 families who have been thrown into a camp, without providing them with any drinking water, food, shelter or allowing any organisation to help us.”
He warned of the spread of diseases due to a lack of median care during the autumn, appealed to humanitarian and benevolent organisations to act immediately to provide them with assistance. He also highlighted the shortage of schools in the camp. “There are hundreds of students who need to go back to school, so we appeal to the competent authorities and organisations working in the field of education to move to open schools,” he concluded.
The newly displaced of camp Kalma, also in Nyala, have complained about the deterioration of the food, health and education situations. Head Sheikh Juma Bakhit Hamid, told Radio Dabanga on Friday that the conditions for the newly displaced are very bad, as a large number of them are still living in the open without shelter from the rain. He echoed his camp Saraf counterpart’s concern about a lack of schools for the children.
“The newly displaced have received no food, health or education aid of any kind since the end of February,” he said. “They have completed the registration process at the International Organization for Migration, but more than 10,000 families must drink from only two pumps that work, and must use open spaces as toilets.”
He appealed to the international community and humanitarian organisations to address their suffering, especially since there are children dying of hunger.
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Renewed clashes broke out between Salamat and Misseriya tribesmen in the Amar region of Wadi Salih locality of Central Darfur on Thursday afternoon. This led more than 200 families to flee the Nanku, Torgoa and Sigei, many to Jebel and Jeddah camps in Garsila.
Witnesses told Radio Dabanga that the clashes broke out at about 5:00pm on Thursday and lasted until sunset. They said the hospital of Garsila received five wounded and seven bodies. Five of the dead were Salamat and two Misseriya.
The sources told Radio Dabanga that as a result of the clashes and their security implications, many people made for the town of Zalingei, where the reconciliation conference continues between the two tribes after they received a draft of the peace agreement. They were carrying all of their belonging with them.
Speaking on Friday in a radio interview with another station, Dr Tijani Sese, Chairman of the Darfur Regional Authority and head of the Liberation and Justice Movement, noted the need “to support the Sudan Armed Forces and militias in tribal confrontations” and “to work on the collection of arms”. He was speaking on Friday at a radio program. He said that tribal conflicts in Darfur are “morally and religiously unacceptable”.
Sese said security challenges are a priority in Darfur, “especially towards the non-signatories of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur, groups of armed robbers and tribal conflicts”.
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In a statement on Friday, the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), says it has completed relocating Darfuri refugees from Tissi just across the Darfur border in Chad.
UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming says the Agency “finished the relocation of Darfur refugees from the volatile border area at Tissi to the newly established Ab Gadam camp, which is now sheltering 10,247 people.”
She also noted that besides the “urgency” of moving them “for safety reasons”, Tissi is also prone to bad weather: during the rainy season floods make road travel “impossible for humanitarian convoys.”
Fleming’s briefing says that the last relocation convoy left Tissi “three days ago” and that “the UNHCR is now turning its attention to other Darfur refugees scattered across 18 additional remote sites in the border area”.
“The refugees at these sites have been living in makeshift shelters with barely any protection against sun and rain. The local population is sharing their few resources with them.”
In April the UNHCR announced that 50,000 people, from both Sudan and Chad, sought refuge in Tissi. They reportedly fled clashes in Umm Dukhun, Central Darfur, between the Salamat and Misseriya tribes.
Armed hostilities between the two sides erupted on 4 April. Following a quieter period, clashes have resumed periodically over the past month. Hundreds have been killed or injured on both sides.
At a reconciliation conference, convened in Zalingei on Monday 3 June, delegations from both tribes are discussing a peace accord. Spokesmen for the two tribes have repeatedly reaffirmed their commitment to the peace process, which has been dogged by continued ‘violations’ by tribesmen.
File photo: Albert González Farran/UNAMID
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