Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Misery of Darfur's displaced

By Haru Mutasa

Khatir and Hawa Hassam fled their village in Darfur four months ago, but while they have escaped the fighting near their home they and their family now face a new set of challenges.

The Hassams are among the 20,000 displaced people who have arrived at the el-Salam refugee camp in North Darfur since July.

The camp on the outskirts of el-Fasher, the nearest large Darfuri city to the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, is almost full and already there are insufficient resources to look after so many people.

It is one of many such facilities that are unable to cope with the flood of refugees from a conflict that has so far left an estimated 200,000 people dead from fighting, disease and malnutrition in the Western region of Sudan. Read more >>>

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