South Darfur IDP camps suffering acute water shortages

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South Darfur (24 Jan.) - A sector of the internally displaced persons camp in South Darfur, referred to as Square 7, is facing an acute shortage of drinking water.

A camp resident said the water is running out because the government is reducing the share of fuel it gives to Oxfam to transport the water, from seven barrels per week to three.

This has led to an acute crisis in access to drinking water over the past two weeks, with people reportedly queuing from early morning until late at night to collect water.

He said camp residents complained that one collection of water just about covering food preparation.

Square seven in South Darfur is one of the most densely populated areas of displaced people and most affected by water shortages.