AFRICA / SUDAN - Five thousand newly displaced in the capital of West Darfur

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 displaced persons  


El Geneina (Agenzia Fides) - The Government Commission for Humanitarian Aid (HAC) and the Sudanese Red Crescent Society (SRCS) have estimated that, since January 10, 5000 people displaced from Mouli and surrounding villages have arrived in El Geneina, capital of West Darfur. Villagers from Mouli and Atia, about 15 kilometers south of El Geneina, have fled their homes following attacks by activist farmers after one of them was found dead near the village of Mauli.
According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the number of displaced people has not yet been ascertained in Sudan. Currently HAC, in collaboration with community leaders, is registering those who have taken refuge in the Abu Zar camp in El Geneina. So far 130 families have been registered, about 650 people. A mission of the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) traveled to Mouli and Atia on January 12. According to UNAMID, much of the village of Atia was destroyed during military attacks, 70 homes destroyed. Other villages were also affected by the violence, all within 10 to 20 kilometers from the State capital. (AP) (Agenzia Fides 27/01/2016)