The native administrations and the security committees of the Beni Hussein and Abbala tribes in North Darfur met on Saturday to discuss the need for both parties to adhere to the terms of truce. The two tribes fought violently earlier this year over control of the Jebel ‘Amer gold mine, leaving about 500 people dead and more than 100,000 displaced, according to UN estimates.
Participants from the localities of Saraf Omra and Al Sareif Beni Hussein joined the summit and discussed ways to “contain the chaos, return looted belongings, and how the two tribes can peacefully coexist”. This also includes opening the roads and markets. They also reviewed how far the Abbala and Beni Hussein are complying with the truce.
Haroun Hussein Jame, the commissioner of Al Sareif Beni Hussein, told Radio Dabanga that the meeting was attended by the parties and security committees of the two localities. He noted that the two tribes “wisely agreed on all terms and items of the truce, so as not to go back to square one of the war”.
Meanwhile, the youth environmental sanitation launched a 40-day campaign in Al Sareif Beni Hussein on Saturday, as previously reported by Radio Dabanga.
Mohamed Ibrahim, deputy chairman of youth mobilisation in the locality, urged citizens to clean-up any rubbish in order to protect themselves and their children against environmental and epidemic diseases, especially jaundice.
Speaking to Radio Dabanga, he explained that as part of the campaign the carcasses of 2,191 animals, dumped near homes and water sources, have been burned. He said the cattle died nearly four months ago. Although the cause behind the cattle deaths is unknown, some believe it was due to a pandemic that requires veterinarian intervention.
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Young volunteers mobilise to clean North Darfur locality (6 June 2013)
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A mysterious cough that is spreading among both humans and animals is causing grave concern among the displaced people in Zamzam camp, North Darfur.
A spokesman for the displaced told Radio Dabanga that the illness is spreading fast among people as well as animals, especially donkeys. “The animals are coughing as if they were human,” he said. “The phenomenon has sparked panic among the displaced for the last six days. It’s a dry cough that occurs especially in high temperatures during the day, and when it gets cold at night.”
He said that the displaced of the camp have notified both the Ministry of Health and the veterinary authorities. “We have asked them to intervene and speed-up the diagnosis so that the necessary treatment can be provided for those living with the disease.
The Zamzam displaced have also appealed to Unicef to supply spare parts for the water pumps and increase the number of tanks in the camp. The spokesman said that the supply of water is falling short because of the arrival of newly displaced people from east Jebel Marra, Muhajeriya and Labado, as well as the high temperatures.
He told Radio Dabanga that the displaced in the camp have to queue for hours to get a tin of water from the tank that can only be used for four hours a day. “This means that some of the displaced are forced to travel between four and eight kilometres in search of water,” he said, adding that many of the water pumps are not working.
“Now that the rainy season is here, there is an urgent need for plastic sheeting, a shortage of food,” he said, appealing to humanitarian and aid organisations working in the field to immediately address the basic needs of the displaced.
Aging wells in Adila, West Darfur expensive to maintain (7 June 2013)
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The displaced people of camp Murnei in West Darfur have complained of the poor conditions, in particular with regard to an acute shortage of plastic sheets.
A displaced man from the camp reported to Radio Dabanga that they have not received any type of plastic sheets from the local authorities or organisations working in the field for nearly four years.
“The recent rainfall and dust storms destroyed most of the plastic sheeting in the camp, and has forced some people to live in the open.”
He appealed on behalf of the displaced via Radio Dabanga to all the organisations operating in Darfur to provide plastic sheets for the camp, especially as the rainy season has arrived.
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