Statement attributable to the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Mr. Ali Al-Za’tari on the situation of civilians caught up in fighting in Yassin locality in Eastern Darfur [EN/AR]

from UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sudan
Published on 16 Apr 2013

Khartoum, 16 April 2013, The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in the Sudan, Mr. Ali Al-Za’tari, has expressed serious concern about the safety and well-being of civilians caught up in fighting between Government forces and the Sudan Liberation Army Mini Minawi faction (SLA/MM) in the Muhajeria and Labado areas of Eastern Darfur state.

According to the Government’s Humanitarian Aid Commission an estimated 36,000 civilians have gathered around UNAMID bases in these two villages. Reports received by the United Nations indicate an outbreak of diarrhoea among children requiring urgent and immediate assistance.

Humanitarian organizations do not currently have access to the affected civilians in Muhajeria and Labado and have not been able to verify their numbers or condition. However, more than 300 people who have arrived at the El Neen displacement camp near Ed Daein, the state capital, are receiving urgent assistance and have access to existing health facilities and water sources.

Mr. Al-Za’tari has called for immediate humanitarian access to allow humanitarian teams to assess the condition of all affected civilians – especially women, children and elderly people – and to provide them with the necessary relief supplies.

The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator urges Government forces and the SLA/MM faction to uphold their humanitarian responsibilities to protect all civilian populations. At the same time, he stressed that civilians wanting to leave must be allowed to move out safely to avoid being trapped in areas of ongoing armed conflict.

For further information, please contact Damian Rance, Public Information Officer, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Sudan.
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