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Situation in Darfur’s Abu Shouk Camp deteriorating - report

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February 12, 2012 (LONDON) - The humanitarian situation in Abu Shouk Camp, situated just outside al-Fasher in North Darfur is deteriorating according to a new report released by the Sudan Social Development Organisation (SUDO).

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An internally displaced girl digs a hole at the Abu Shouk camp near El Fasher January 16, 2012 (Reuters)

Displaced people in the camp told a survey, carried out by an anonymous organisation, that poverty, security and human rights were getting worse in the camp.

The UN says that 300,000 people have died and 2.5 million displaced by the conflict between rebels and the government and their paramilitaries. Khartoum says that these figures have been inflated for political reasons and put the death toll at around 10,000.

Humanitarian agencies have been providing assistance to displaced people since the conflict began in 2003. However many were thrown out of the country in 2009 after Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir was indicted for war crimes, crimes against humanity - and the next year genocide - in the western region by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Some internally displaced people (IDPs) have been forced to work low-paid jobs in al-Fasher making them vulnerable to exploitation due to new policies by the World Food Programme (WFP), the report found.

Instead of receiving monthly provisions from WFP they are now being given 22 Sudanese pounds (just over $8) per month to buy goods from merchants, the reports says.

SUDO’s report found that WFP’s policy of providing money rather than direct aid has had the consequence of women and girls being sexually exploited as they are forced to work as maids, resulting in many illegitimate births.

Another factor forcing women and girls to seek poorly paid work in al-Fasher town was the closure of organisations that provided them with training and other assistance.

In 2009 SUDO was dissolved by Sudan’s Humanitarian Assistance Commission (HAC) and had to stop working in the camp. A court in Khartoum overruled the decision in 2010 but they are still in discussions with the security about their activities.

HEALTH SITUATION ’BACK TO ZERO’

Only the Sudanese Red Crescent and the Arab Egyptian Center are providing health care in Abu Shouk Camp the report said, which is one of the biggest displaced camps in North Darfur with more than 80,000 people living there.

The lack of health centers has brought the situation situation ’back to zero’ following a period when good health care was available, SUDO says.

INSECURITY

The activities of the police, security and central reserve police is having a ’negative impact on the life of IDPs; who had originally come to the camp as refugees from the traumas and displacement suffered from attacks’.

Some IDPs are being arrested ’simply for expressing their opinion about the government’ SUDO claims. The report also notes that many IDPs work for the security services, including many of the camp sheikhs [leaders].

The government perceives the camps as a security threat as many of the IDPs are seen as supporters of some of Darfur’s rebels groups.

According to the report:

activists and human rights defenders say they suffer continuously from human rights violations, prosecutions and arrests. For example Mohammed Ali Kanjir was arrested in the market in Abu Shouk on 25 December 2011 by security personnel and at the time of writing has not yet been released. Two women activists, Nafisa Mohammed Adam and Hawa Abdallah suffered human rights violations and prosecutions and were lately detained for more than one month; now they are in Cairo.

The SUDO report also accuses the government of co-opting and arming some IDPs, which meant that minor disputes can escalate into gun fights among the camp’s 30 blocks, which are inhabited mostly by the Fur, Tunjur, Berti, Zaghawa, Gimer, Fellata and Hawara ethnic groups.

The legal situation of IDPs has also decreased, the report found, as the organisations that had provided services were closed down by the government in 2009. Conflict resolution and access to justice for victims of serious crimes, including rape, has been negatively impacted by the closures, the report found.

(ST)

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  • 13 February 2012 07:43, by omoni jr.

    Mahammed Ali,
    Jalaby,
    Darkangel,
    Please comment about treble situation happened in North sudan or sudan.The problem is that you guys khartoum Arabs think that North sudan is only khartoum ,?
    juts tell why the girl dig the hole as if you do not have machine to do it???

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    • 13 February 2012 10:41, by Logic

      Omni

      They have no interest in pointing the finger at their own, their entire contribution is to highlight the failure of the African Sudanese. As if its something to gloat about, they’re a pathetic and racist to the core bunch even when sometimes attempting to show sympathy.

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  • 13 February 2012 08:25, by SeekingTruth

    THIS IS WHAT THEY WANTED OF US (SOUTHERNERS). OUR GIRLS RAPED, WORKING AS MAIDS, KILLED IF THEY RESIST ETC.

    IT’S THE LIFE THESE POOR AFRICANS IN THE NORTH ARE STILL GOING THROUGH. GOD HAVE MERCY ON THEM I BEG!

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    • 13 February 2012 10:44, by Logic

      Seeking.T

      That’s exactly what southerners have suffered and worse under their rule of self glorification and superiority complex. The reason why they mad now, is because the South is no longer under their jurisdiction. Soon the Nuba mountains, Blue Nile and Darfur will also be free God willing.

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  • 13 February 2012 17:25, by morogot batal

    men has to leave women and childrens in the refugees and displace camp alone.just go and train your selves to battle arabs and liberate your selves from opression ones and for good.

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  • 13 May 2013 14:43, by dennishobson

    2k1znwWbIqHES0sWuEWulOWIZi5hbyssanyong actyon madeira plastica plastic lumber Can I just say what a relief to find someone who actually knows what theyre talking about on the internet. You definitely know how to bring an issue to light and make it

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