Anyone care about Darfur? ‘Fresh violence in Darfur strains humanitarian resources’

A picture released by the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) on 11 June 2014 shows a child walking with her mother to their shelter at the Zam Zam camp for displaced people in North Darfur

July 18, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – A fresh wave of violence across Sudan’s troubled Darfur region has placed enormous pressure on humanitarian resources, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Tuesday.

There have been escalating tensions between government forces supported by their allied militia and armed movements and tribal militia groups since the start of the year.

Hostilities have spread across much of North and South Darfur, spilling over into West, Central and East Darfur.

According to OCHA, 397,057 have been displaced since the beginning of 2014, although close to 131,300 people have since returned to their areas of origin.

The figure is in addition to some 2 million people in Darfur facing long-term displacement, having fled their homes at the height of the conflict in 2003-2005…

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