Italy will fund several projects of UN agencies on food security and rural radio in eastern Sudan. Now the country has made its first contribution to promoting the resilience of former combatants in Blue Nile.
Earlier this month the Italian government, through the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS), has funded three new projects respectively with heritage organisation UNESCO (300,000), the World Food Programme (500,000) and the Refugee Agency (UNHCR, 700,000).
More than 13,000 families have reportedly returned from refugee camps in eastern Chad to North Darfur.
In his speech before the North Darfur parliament in El Fasher on Wednesday, Governor Abdelwahid Yousef stated that at least 13,000 families returned from eastern Chad to El Tina, Karnoi, and Um Baru localities.
He also reported the seasonal voluntary return of about 23,900 displaced families to the rural areas of El Sareif Beni Hussein, Kutum, and El Fasher, to catch up with the farming season.
The State Health Minister, Tarig Biraigi, acknowledged the emergence of the infections in a press statement. The patients have been been transferred to Ed Dueim hospital.
Biraigi appealed to the residents of White Nile to stop drinking water from the canals.
A senior medical official told local press that actually four people died from the infection. He put the number of people infected with watery diarrhoea at 22. The cases have been separated and quarantined in wards.
More than 60 out of every 1,000 children children in Sudan reportedly die from the absence of clean drinking water.
In a meeting with an ad hoc parliamentary committee in Khartoum on Thursday, the former Minister of Urban Planning confirmed that 62 out of every 1,000 children in the country die from the consequences of drinking water “unfit for human consumption”.
Three young children died of the effects of malnutrition in the Iobe area of east Jebel Marra on Monday night.
A resident told Radio Dabanga that Abdelhay Yagoub Adam (5), Hawa Eisa Yahya (3) and Zaki Musa Saleh (4), all suffered malnutrition-related diarrhoea and constant coughing before they died.
Food security is proving even more critical in Jebel Marra than it is in the rest of Darfur. Repeated aerial bombardments of villages and farmlands have forced the bulk of the population to fee to camps for the displaced, or to take refuge in the mountains.