UN calls for humanitarian access to two towns affected by conflict in Darfur

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UNAMID troops delivering aid. UN Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran

The head of the joint UN-African Union Mission in Sudan (UNAMID) has urged the Sudanese government to allow humanitarian access to thousands of displaced people in East Darfur.

According to UNAMID, about 18,000civilians are concentrated around its team sites near the towns of Muhajeira and Labado since fighting broke out on 6 April between government forces and armed rebels.

The head of UNAMID, Mohamed Ibn Chambas on Wednesday paid a courtesy call on the Sudanese Minister of Interior Ibrahim Hamid.

Spokesperson, Aicha Elbasri says the top United Nations envoy in Darfur thanked the Ministry of Interior for the good working relationship between it and UNAMID.

"Mr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas also drew the attention of the Minister to the humanitarian situation in the areas Labado and Muhajeria towns since 6 April. He urged the government of Sudan to ensure that the UNAMID and the UN convoys are able access to Muhajeria and Labado. This is in order, of course, to provide the much awaited humanitarian assistance to the displaced civilians who are in need of it." (28")

Aicha Elbasri says the head of UNAMID also urged the government of Sudan to prevent civilian loss of life and destruction of property as it re-establishes its control over these areas.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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