Aid reaches 400,000 displaced in Darfur area isolated by conflict

Internally Displaced Person

Four hundred thousand people displaced from the Western Jebel Marra Sudanese region of Darfur were able to receive aid after two years of isolation.

Clashes between the Sudanese army and rebels have made it difficult for humanitarian agencies to get into the area.

UN agencies led by the joint African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur, or UNAMID, were the first to establish contact with the conflict-affected region.

For the past seven days, the agencies were able to deliver food, medical supplies, blankets and other essential items, says Oriano Micaletti, head of the UNAMID Humanitarian Protection Strategy.

"The humanitarian community has been informing us that difficulties to reaching the area, it is a very remote area …to reach these areas."

The mission to Jebel Marra is part of an operation dubbed “Operation Spring Basket,” launched in May to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid to insecure and remote areas in Darfur.

Another visit to the area to deliver more substantial aid is in preparation.

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