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DAKAR, 14 September (IRIN) - French military planes have completed an airlift of nearly 200 tonnes of food supplements for malnourished Sudanese refugees living in camps in eastern Chad, the UN World Food Programme said on Tuesday.
WFP said 162 tonnes of priority foods, such as sugar and protein-rich corn soya blend, were flown from N'djamena, the capital of Chad, to Abeche, the main town in the east of the country, from where the food was distributed to nearby refugee camps.
The airlift began in early …
Time remaining before seasonal rains recede over Darfur and Eastern Chad
DARFUR, SUDAN/EASTERN CHAD, September 13, 2004 - The IRC in Darfur has launched a pre-emptive strike against infectious diseases after new data showed a spike in hepatitis E, an incurable liver disease.
(KUWAIT CITY: 11 September 2004) Ambassador Mohamed Sahnoun, the Special Adviser on Africa to the United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, visited Kuwait from 7-8 September as part of a mission to the Gulf region that includes Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. Ambassador Sahnoun was accompanied by a representative from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
Note: This report updates the last fact sheet dated September 3, 2004
DARFUR EMERGENCY -- NUMBERS AT A GLANCE
|Conflict Affected Persons
and Eastern Chad
2.2 million people
|U.S. Government, European
|Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)|
In addition to the trauma of displacement, refugees from the war-torn Darfur region of Sudan are experiencing a health crisis. A recent survey by International Medical Corps (IMC), UNHCR, the U.S.
(A) Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe: 1) Iraq, 2) Afghanistan, 3) Albania, 4) Azerbaijan
(B) East and Central Africa: (1) Burundi, (2) DR Congo, (3) Djibouti, (4) Eritrea, (5) Ethiopia, (6) Kenya, (7) Rwanda, (8) Somalia, (9) Sudan, (10) Tanzania, (11) Uganda
(C) West Africa Region: (1) Sahel region (2) Chad, (3) Guinea Bissau, (4) Sierra Leone, (5) Guinea, (6) Liberia, (7) Cote D'Ivoire
(D) Southern Africa: (1) Regional, (2) Angola, (3) Lesotho, (4) Madagascar, (5) Malawi, (6) Mozambique, (7) Namibia, (8) Swaziland, (9) Zimbabwe
What is the humanitarian situation in Darfur and Chad?
The UN has described the situation in Darfur and Chad as 'the world's worst humanitarian crisis'.
Over a million people have been displaced in Darfur and are now living in camps, school buildings, or temporary shelters in existing villages (whose populations have swelled massively, often far beyond their ability to cope).
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OURE CASSONI CAMP, CHAD - The first convoy of trucks carrying food aid for the United Nations World Food Programme across the Sahara desert arrived at a refugee camp in eastern Chad on Thursday, ending a 2,800-kilometre journey from Libya's Mediterranean coast and opening up a new route to feed tens of thousands of Sudanese refugees.
Battling soaring temperatures, inhospitable terrain, frequent mechanical breakdowns and persistent problems caused by wind and sand, the first convoy of trucks carrying emergency food aid across the Sahara Desert from Libya has reached its destination in eastern Chad after an arduous 23-day journey covering 2,800 kilometres.
The UN World Food Programme (WFP) announced the caravan's arrival today, adding it will help to feed about 30,000 refugees from the strife-torn Sudanese region of Darfur for a month.
Late yesterday the convoy of 20 trucks arrived in the Chadian town of Bahai, …
A coalition of some of the largest aid agencies working in Darfur and Chad today called on the governments of France, Italy and Japan to be more generous in their response to the tragedy unfolding in Chad and the Darfur region of Sudan.
In a joint letter, the International Save the Children Alliance, CARE International, Oxfam International, and Caritas Internationalis, urged the French, Italian and Japanese governments to respond urgently to the crisis in Sudan and Chad by sharply increasing aid to the region.
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The Security Council will hold consultations tomorrow afternoon on the humanitarian and security crises engulfing the Darfur region in Sudan as talks continue in Abuja, Nigeria, in a bid to resolve the political dispute driving the conflict.
The consultations, announced today by UN spokesman Fred Eckhard, will take place a week after Council members received a report from Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the latest situation in Darfur and were also briefed on the issue by Mr. Annan's Special Representative for Sudan, Jan Pronk.
World Vision has distributed food to more than 7,000 people in two Sudanese refugee camps in northeast Chad, as part of its supplementary feeding program to help prevent malnutrition in vulnerable mothers and young children.
Last week, World Vision distributed food rations consisting of corn soy blend (CSB), oil and sugar to children under five, pregnant and lactating women in the Kounougou and Amnabak refugee camps.
The distribution is part of a six-month emergency blanket supplementary feeding program, agreed upon by World Vision, UNHCR, WFP and UNICEF last month.
The program is …
Latest report on ICRC activities in the field
Continued clashes, in particular in rural areas of Northern and Southern Darfur, gave rise to further casualties and displacement of civilians. It is estimated that the number of displaced persons in Gereida, south of Nyala, has increased from 12,000 to 32,000 since mid-August, while a recent influx of people in towns east of Nyala is reportedly leading to serious food shortages. Around 1,800 new arrivals have been reported at Zamzam camp near Al Fashir.
The refugee population in Chad reaches 200,000 amid fears of fresh influx;
A 3-month Emergency Plan of Action launched to help Sudanese refugees;
81 tonnes of emergency aid airlifted with school, health and nutrition supplies;
UNICEF augments its donor appeal to sustain relief effort in the months ahead.
1. EMERGENCY OVERVIEW AND RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
Even as new shipments of aid arrive in the remote, violence-torn region of Darfur in western Sudan, the public health situation there and in neighboring Chad remains highly precarious.
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