Volatile security conditions and the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the area around Dogdore in eastern Chad threaten the lives of 26,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs), UN humanitarian officials warned Nov. 3. A number of aid agencies suspended almost all operations last month, affecting the provision of health services, the supply of clean water, and the delivery of nutritional supplements among other activities aimed at assisting the most vulnerable. Eastern Chad currently shelters 315,000 refugees – the majority being Sudanese escaping from the conflict in Darfur – and 180,000 IDPs, all of whom depend on aid to survive. (UN News Service)

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