UNAMID Delivers Aid to Remote Darfur Villages

A woman with children in East Jebel Marra. Some 400,000 people are in need of urgent assistance in a remote and mountainous region in Darfur, Sudan. Photo by: Olivier Chassot / UN

A humanitarian aid mission led by U.N. and African Union peacekeepers has found some 400,000 people in need of urgent assistance in a remote and mountainous region in Darfur, Sudan.

The mission, which comprised peacekeepers of the joint U.N.-African Union Mission in Darfur and representatives of U.N. aid agencies, distributed food aid, medicines and other relief supplies to villages in Darfur’s Jebel Marra area, which straddles three states of the conflict-torn region. Aid agencies have been unable to access the area for the past few years because of security concerns and ongoing fighting.

The aid mission is part of the UNAMID-led initiative called “Operation Spring Basket,” which seeks to improve humanitarian access to conflict-torn areas that have been isolated because of security issues. The U.N. is set to revisit Jebel Marra to deliver more aid as part of future phases of the initiative.

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