Home | News    Sunday 2 December 2007

Insecurity prevents Darfur displaced from returning home

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

December 1, 2007 (NYALA) — UN humanitarian chief, who visited Darfur camps, said displaced people are willing to leave the camps but security conditions are not yet suitable for return to their villages, the UN humanitarian office said yesterday.

JPEG - 7.6 kb
John Holmes

John Holmes, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, travelled to south Darfur Friday and met with internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Ed Daein camp, home to some 50,000 people.

“Clearly after living in camps, in some cases, for over three years they are frustrated. While they expressed a strong desire to return to their home areas, all the people I spoke with were unequivocal that they would only be able to do so when security conditions were right and services were in place,” said Holmes.

One woman told the UN aid top official that women were the first victims of the conflict. “We have lost husbands, villages and families and we are still not safe even to go to town, collect firewood, and this has been the situation for the last four years,” she said.

Holmes also had a short meeting with the governor in Nyala, where concerns of mutual interest were expressed, and will follow up with further substantive discussions.

United Nations agencies, non-governmental organisations and local government also voiced concern about the potential of a serious food gap, even as early as January, as a result of early indications of a potentially poor food harvest due to infestations, birds and poor rainfall.

In meetings with aid workers, continuing challenges concerning access, safety and security of staff, and viability of programmes were raised against a background of increased security related incidents including car hijackings, assault and harassment. Many organisations also expressed their frustration at bureaucratic impediments which continue to hamper an effective and efficient response.

On Saturday, the Emergency Relief Coordinator will leave Nyala for El Fashir in north Darfur to hold meetings with United Nations staff and partners on the ground as well as local authorities.

Homes is expected to brief the UN Security Council this month on the humanitarian situation in Darfur IDPs camps and in refugees camps in the neighboring Chad.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


s
Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Sudan’s removal from terror list taints U.S. values 2018-11-10 08:34:32 November, 9th, 2018 The Honorable Michael Richard Pompeo Secretary of State U.S. Department of State 2201 C St NW, Washington DC 20520 USA RESPONSE BY SUDAN LIBERATION MOVEMENT (SLM/A-AW) TO (...)

R-ARCISS: A Peace that divides the signatories and non-signatories 2018-11-10 07:58:28 By Tito Awen, Juba-South Sudan I keep wondering if peace can divide or unite the partners. I am not so young nor unmindful not to have known what happened after signing of the Comprehensive (...)

U.S. Move Ignores Sudan’s Abuses Against its Own People 2018-11-09 06:56:11 U.S. Considers Lifting Sudan’s ‘Terror State’ Designation By Jehanne Henry With all eyes on mid-term elections in the United States, almost no one noticed that on the same day the US State (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Progress observed at end of second month of R-ARCSS implementation 2018-10-22 06:44:02 Press Release 21 October 2018 South Sudanese government released 24 detainees in the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement said the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) (...)

4th Annual Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Forum Announced for 25th October 2018 2018-10-15 12:38:14 PRESS RELEASE OCTOBER 14, 2018 Africa’s leading entrepreneurship-focused philanthropic organisation, the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), has announced October 25, 2018, as the date for its (...)

Unity State community in Kenya supports Khartoum peace agreement 2018-08-17 08:33:21 PRESS STATMENT 14th Aug, 2018 Re: We shall Rally behind Khartoum Peace Agreement The Unity State Community Association in Kenya was established in 2010 to organize and mobilize the people of (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2018 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.