Thousands of returnees in Darfur get help from UN

A large-scale project has been launched to assist and protect formerly displaced people who are returning to their villages in the troubled Darfur region of Sudan.

Ibrahim Gambari

Ibrahim Gambari

Thousands of people are expected to benefit from the project which has been kicked off by Ibrahim Gambari, the head of the joint United Nations African Union mission in Darfur (UNAMID).

UN spokesman Martin Nesirky has more.

“The UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) will manage the effort to distribute high-capacity rolling water containers, among other items, to eight returnee villages. Mr. Gambari officially launched the project in Kuma Garadayat, in North Darfur, which is home to 3000 returnees. He noted that one of the major sources of conflict in Darfur is access to water.”

Up to 300,000 people are thought to have died and at least two and a half million others displaced from their homes in Darfur since the fighting broke out in 2003.

The conflict pitted forces of the government of Sudan and their Janjaweed militia against armed rebel groups.

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