Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Humanitarian Crisis in Sudan

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Humanitarian Crisis in Sudan

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The recent escalation of violence in Darfur, western Sudan, has led to a humanitarian crisis with thousands of people fleeing into the desert. Three million people remain beyond the reach of aid. Lack of access to food, water and medical facilities is threatening the survival of many, report Medecins Sans Frontieres and the UN World Food Progamme.

The crisis follows the breakdown of peace talks in mid-December. The ensuing deterioration of security and collapse of law have prevented agencies from operating in the province--one of the most inhospitable regions in the world. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, access to most areas outside the region's three state capitals--Nyala, El Geneina and El Fasher--is impaired by daily incidents of militarized violence on major roads and routes. The prevalence of landmines is also complicating efforts to deliver aid.

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Jan Egeland, praised the delivery of aid to the region but warned that aid workers "are still not reaching the majority of those in need. …

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