Between 159,000 and 194,000 civilians have reportedly been displaced from the Jebel Marra area in Sudan’s Darfur region since mid-January as a result of hostilities between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Abdul Wahid faction of the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA/AW). This includes over 75,000 people who have been registered, verified or assisted.
Central Darfur hosts the overwhelming majority of the reported new IDPs from Jebel Marra, while North Darfur has the highest number of registered or assisted new IDPs.
The number of new IDPs in Sortony and Tawilla, North Darfur, has decreased compared to previously reported figures, following WFP’s headcount exercises in the two locations. IOM’s registration/verification of displaced people in those locations has been suspended since February, despite ongoing advocacy efforts.
Humanitarian actors continue to assess needs and provide assistance and basic services to thousands of IDPs, returnees and other affected communities, in parts of Central, North and South Darfur as a result of Jebel Marra hostilities (see p.3).
Humanitarian actors have been unable to assess and respond fully to the needs of an estimated 50,000 - 85,000 people in different parts of Jebel Marra who have been reportedly displaced as a result of hostilities. The UN is extremely concerned about the plight of those civilians who are in need of humanitarian assistance.
Return movements of up to 45,000 people to parts of Central Darfur have been reported by HAC but are as yet unverified.
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 required humanitarian assistance. 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.
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