An extensive fire destroyed 144 homes at Kerendig camp for the displaced in El Geneina locality in West Darfur on Saturday.
“Large quantities of food, and agricultural crops were lost in the fire,” a sheikh told Dabanga. “In addition, 54 sheep died, along with a number of horses, donkeys, and hens.
“The fire that broke out at about 2pm, caused the displacement of more than 200 families, who are now living in the open without shelter, food, and water,” he reported.
Measles is spreading fast in the Otash camp for the displaced in Nyala locality, South Darfur.
“The three health centres at the camp daily are currently receiving more than 100 children under the age of 10,” a sheikh told Dabanga from Otash camp, “while the centres are equipped to treat 30 patients each a day only.”
He explained that the first cases appeared mid-February.
The camp sheikh appealed to the South Darfur state authorities to intervene “as soon as possible”, and provide more staff and medicines to the health centres to contain the outbreak.
Sudan's Federal Ministry of Health acknowledged that there is a deficit in iodine in the country. It claimed that many children suffer from various disorders and health problems caused by iodine deficiency.
The ministry estimated the country's deficit at 22 percent. Dr Iman Salih Swar El Dahab, the official of the Unit for Combating Micronutrient Deficiency at the ministry, said that a lack of iodine in diets causes abortion, infant mortality, hearing loss, mental retardation, stunting, and lack of goiter.
The leaders of the Ma’aliya and Rizeigat tribes have demanded the Sudanese Presidency of the Republic to form a mechanism that will bring together the two warring tribes and fully implements the decisions of their reconciliation.
There is a need for a body that deals with the outcomes of the tribal reconciliation conference in Merowe, in the country's North state, that started on 17 February.
A group of Sudanese human rights activists will take action against the rape of more than 200 women and girls by army soldiers in Tabit, North Darfur, in October last year.
In an interview with Dabanga, gender activist Nemat Ahmedey confirmed the outcomes of an independent investigation by Human Rights Watch (HRW), published on 11 February.