Darfur: New Humanitarian Needs and Aid Delivery Fact Sheet, 14 April 2014
The new wave of insecurity and violence across Darfur that has generated enormous additional humanitarian needs since late February 2014 is continuing. Hostilities and violence involving Government forces supported by the Rapid Support Force, a Government-affiliated militia, armed movements and armed tribal militia in Darfur have spread across much of North and South Darfur, with some spillover effects to Central, West and East Darfur states. The violence continues to affect more people, particularly in parts of North Darfur.
The cumulative number of people who have been displaced since late February stands at 325,819. 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. The number of displaced increased by some 53,000 people over the past week, an increase of 20 per cent in one week.
As of 14 April, the total cumulative number of people who remain displaced stands at 262,328. In addition, 63,491 people have returned to their areas of origin. Returns mainly took place in Saraf Omra town after the security situation had improved.
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 has recently seen an improvement , ongoing displacement provoked by threats to life and the physical destruction of property continues to be of significant concern. As of 14 April, aid agencies have varying degrees of access to 249,828 people, representing 95 per cent of the people who remain displaced in Darfur. The improvement is observed since the end of March when humanitarian actors had access to approximately t 90 per cent of the displaced people.
Despite the significant access constraints that the aid agencies faced earlier, 203,559 newly displaced people have been reached with some form of assistance, which still leaves 122,260 people without assistance. Key concerns of the aid community are continued displacement and violence/insecurity; poor protection of civilians climate: constrained operating conditions; funding; other resources; and implementation capacity.
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