Darfur: New Humanitarian Needs and Aid Delivery Fact Sheet (31 March 2014)
A new wave of violence across Darfur has generated enormous additional humanitarian needs since early 2014. Hostilities and violence involving Government forces supported by the Rapid Support Force, a Government-affiliated militia, and armed movements in Darfur have expanded and the conflict has spread across much of North and South Darfur, with some spillover effects to Central, West and East Darfur states. Civilian populations bear the brunt of the recent hostilities and insecurity. As of 31 March, the number of newly displaced people stands at 199,268. This is in addition to some 2 million people who face longer-term displacement, having fled their homes during the height of the conflict in 2003-2005.
During the early stages of this current crisis, aid agencies have been unable to access many of the affected areas due to violence and insecurity as well as denials of access by the authorities. Whilst access for humanitarian assistance activities has seen an improvement in recent days, ongoing displacement provoked by threats to life and the physical destruction of property continues to be of significant concern.
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