Security Concerns Hinder UN Work in Darfur

Clashes between the Sudan Armed Forces and Sudanese People’s Liberation Front forced this woman and several other residents of the Abyei village in central Sudan to flee their homes. Fighting between the two parties also prompted the U.N. to cut its programs in Darfur. Photo by: Tim McKulka / UN / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 UNCC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Escalating violence has forced the United Nations to cut its aid work in Darfur’s mountainous area, U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator for Sudan Georg Charpentier said. “Our operations have been on hold for some weeks while we have been trying to reach civilians in the highlands to assess the humanitarian situation and provide any relief that might be necessary,” Charpentier said. Armed conflict between the Sudanese Armed Forces and Abdel Wahid faction of the rebel Sudanese Liberation Army is preventing aid organizations from distributing food, water and medicines.

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    Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.