Darfur: New Humanitarian Needs and Aid Delivery Fact Sheet, 7 April 2014

A new wave of violence across Darfur has generated enormous additional humanitarian needs since late February 2014. 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.

As of 7 April, the total cumulative number of people who have been affected by the new crises since late February stands at 279,362. This includes 214,495 people who remain displaced as of 7 April across all Darfur states, 58,325 people who returned to their areas of origin, and some other people who have been affected but not displaced. Returns mainly took place in Saraf Omra town after the security situation had improved.

The cumulative number of people who have been displaced since late February stands at 272,820. 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 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.

As of 7 April, aid agencies have access to 169,828 people, representing 79 % of the currently displaced people in Darfur in terms of access constraints. This is a major increase compared to one week ago when UN agencies and international NGOs had access to some 132,000 newly displaced people in Darfur.

Despite the significant access constraints that the aid agencies faced earlier, 202,862 people have been reached with some form of assistance to date, which still leaves 76,500 people without assistance.

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