This operation is being carried out in response to a request from the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and follows assessments carried out by IOM's Verification and Monitoring Units (VMUs) which were set up to ensure IDP movements in north and south Darfur are both voluntary and appropriate.
Al Salaam was set up to accommodate some 20,000 recently arrived IDPs who did not have access to essential basic services in Abu Shouk. The influx of new IDPs there meant there were concerns about the capacity to provide basic services in the existing location.
Over the past three days, IOM has assisted some 3,400 IDPs to relocate from Abu Shouk to Al Salaam. IOM is providing 10 trucks and buses, 12 escorts and medical assistance.
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) had already relocated about 13,000 individuals (3,350 families) to the new camp since the operation began on 29 June 2005.
Besides providing transportation assistance, IOM is also responsible for ensuring newly arrived IDPs are registered on the IDP database for Abu Shouk camp.
For more information, please call Abigail Montani, IOM Khartoum, Tel +249 193 570 801 to 804, Email firstname.lastname@example.org