The more than 163,000 displaced people in Kalma camp, near the South Darfur capital of Nyala, are living in extremely dire conditions during this rainy season, owing to a shortage of food and poor sanitary provisions.
“Many children in the camp show signs of malnutrition as they depended on the food distributed by the World Food Programme (WFP). However, the organisation stopped its food rations two months ago,” Saleh Eisa, general coordinator of Kalma camp reported to Radio Dabanga on Wednesday.
The increasing number of mosquitoes in camps for displaced people in Central Darfur is causing malaria infections to rise.
The coordinator of the camps for the displaced in the state spoke about the deterioration of health services in an interview with Radio Dabanga. Mosquitoes can easily breed and spread in the camps' environment.
“This spread has led to an increase in malaria among the displaced people. The Ministry of Health has taken over the provision of services after the expulsion of organisations, but is not performing its duty well,” the coordinator said.
The situation of the displaced living in North Darfur has become extremely dire, according to Omda Ahmed Ateem, coordinator of the North Darfur camps.
“All registered displaced receive an amount of SDG33 ($5) per month from the North Darfur Chamber, in agreement with the World Food Programme (WFP),” he told Radio Dabanga.
Ateem stressed that this amount is “by far not enough to cover the needs of the displaced in terms of food and water”.
The National Beja Congress may take up arms again if the provisions laid out in the 2006 Eastern Sudan Peace Agreement (ESPA) are not implemented soon.
Sheiba Dirar, chairman of the Beja Congress, blames the ruling National Congress Party(NCP) for ignoring the stipulations laid out in the agreement, signed by the Sudanese government and the Eastern Front, an alliance of opposition forces, in October 2006.
“There has not been any progress in the implementation of the three main ESPA files,” he told Radio Dabanga.
Egyptian authorities deported 20 Sudanese nationals to Sudan via Cairo airport on Saturday. They were arrested while trying to illegally cross the border into Libya. From the Libyan coast, fishing boats filled with immigrants leave for Italy.
A security official disclosed to the Egyptian newspaper El Fadjer that the airport security said the Sudanese arrived in the security section of Mersa Matruh. The Sudanese Embassy issued travel documents to them there as they lacked passports, and then deported the group to Khartoum.