Sudan: Food aid drops in Darfur due to security problems

Copenhagen (dpa) - Poor security and bad roads in Sudan's troubled Darfur region has forced a Danish aid agency to drop food aid from planes to reach needy people, reports said Thursday.

"Until now we have delivered food aid by truck, but attacks on the trucks and continued violence in combination with extremely bad roads has prevented aid deliveries on several occasions,'' Anne Sophie Laenkholm of the Danish Refugee Council told Danish news agency Ritzau.

Some six food drops during the coming 10-day period are planned in coordination with the U.N.'s World Food Programme (WFP), she said.

The Danish Refugee Council is responsible for relief to some 66,000 people in the Jebel Marra region in Darfur.

Laenkholm said the group had people on the ground to help supervise the allocation of the food drops which include sacks of lentils, flour, sugar and salt, as well as containers of cooking oil.

At least 180,000 people have died in two years of conflict between rebels and militias backed by the government in Khartoum.

Some 2 million people have fled from their homes in Darfur.

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