Holmes: Darfur Situation Still Serious

The humanitarian situation in Darfur remains serious as tens of thousands of people are continually displaced by clashes between Sudanese troops and rebels, the top U.N. humanitarian official said.

U.N. Undersecretary-General John Holmes, who met with the acting governor of South Darfur on May 29, encouraged the government to allow and secure access for humanitarian organizations in the region.

Non-govermental organizations working in the eastern part of Jebel Marra, a mountainous region in Darfur, have suspended their operations because of insecurity, according to the U.N. News Center.

“The problem in eastern Jebel Marra is that we don’t know what the situation is because we don’t have access,” Holmes noted.

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