UN humanitarian chief wraps up visit to Sudan

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Two internally displaced persons (IDP) sit at the Zamzam IDP Camp. [UN Photo/Olivier Chassot]

The situation of more than one million displaced people in the troubled Darfur region of Sudan cannot be allowed to slip off the radar screen of the international community.

That's what the head of United Nations humanitarian operations Valerie Amos said on Thursday as she wrapped up her visit to the country.

Deputy UN Spokesperson Eduardo Del Buey says Ms. Amos saw first hand the humanitarian situation in Darfur where she visited the Zamzam camp for internally displaced persons.

"With 1.4 million people still living in camps, and a majority of the people in Darfur still suffering from inadequate access to basic health care, education and other services, the challenges remain enormous. She also said that we also need to change the way we work. After ten years of major humanitarian operations in Darfur, we need to find more sustainable ways of supporting displaced people who have no other option but to remain in the camps. We need to build stronger bridges between humanitarian and development work." (29")

During her visit to Sudan Valerie Amos met with President Omar Al Bashir, other senior government officials, United Nations agencies and others in the capital Khartoum and in Darfur.

Dianne Penn, United Nations

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