• An estimated 129,000 civilians have been reportedly displaced from the Jebel Marra area in Sudan’s Darfur region since mid-January as a result of increased hostilities between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Abdul Wahid faction of the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA/AW). This is about 23,000 more than the number reported on 10 March. As the crisis enters its 3rd month, numbers of people displaced continue to increase.
• North Darfur hosts the majority of those newly displaced in Darfur, with an estimated 114,000 people displaced. Of these, 70,175 are verified. Official government estimates for the newly displaced in North Darfur, as of 23 February, are 72,727.
• Government authorities continue to deny access to the UN and humanitarian partners to many areas of the Jebel Marra in Central and South Darfur. As a result, humanitarian actors have been unable to assess and respond to the needs of up to 56,190 people who have been reportedly displaced as a result of the recent hostilities. The UN is extremely concerned about the plight of civilians, in light of the prolonged nature of the current crisis.
• Aid organisations continue to scale up the response in North Darfur and some needs are being met, with limited response initiating in Central and South Darfur, but significant gaps remain in most sectors (see p. 3).
• In North Darfur, the majority of internally displaced persons (IDPs) are in Sortony, where the delivery of assistance to people in need is hampered by its relative isolation. The barren and inhospitable landscape make the provision of water extremely challenging; protection of those displaced is also a serious concern.
• In Tawilla, there are concerns regarding the suitability of the site, which is prone to flooding. Recent discussions with local authorities reportedly indicate that there are plans to move the new IDPs in Tawilla to a more suitable site before the rainy season commences.
Civilians - especially women and children - continue to bear the brunt of conflict in Darfur. The United Nations calls upon all parties to ensure that civilians and civilian objects are protected in accordance with International Humanitarian Law.
The United Nations is calling for a cessation of hostilities so that humanitarian organisations can assess and respond to those most in need of humanitarian assistance.
The United Nations calls for immediate, safe and unfettered access to all people in need, wherever they may be located, so that affected people can receive the humanitarian assistance they require. In particular, the United Nations urges all parties to the conflict to allow the United Nations and its partners to reach displaced people in Central and South Darfur.
Emergency supplies have been delivered to many of the newly displaced people but significant support will continue to be needed until they are able to return home.
- UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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