Sudan appeals for $1 billion to tackle Darfur water crisis

internally displaced persons at Zamzam camp

internally displaced persons at Zamzam camp

Delegates at a water management meeting in Sudan are appealing for $1 billion to set up 65 community water projects in Darfur.

Water shortages in the arid region have exacerbated conflicts between communities over the sharing of natural resources.

The six year project aims to develop a stable and fair water service system for all Darfur states.

Meanwhile, Kyung-wha Kang, the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, says little has changed for the people of Darfur since the conflict began 8 years ago.

"I was able to visit the Zamzam camp, here near El Fasher, and was just shocked really by the conditions of the newly arrived IDPs who have absolutely nothing, and the children just running around these deserts. I was able also to visit Tawilla camp, where the infrastructure for IDP support is more there and seems to be kicking in. But overall, there's a great deal of need, whether it's food, health or shelter. Much more needs to be done for the IDP population".

Kyung-wha Kang also visited South Sudan and Abyei.

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