August 21, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — South Darfur state unveiled today plans to relocate the residents of the troubled Kalma camps into two areas near the state capital Nyala.
Following a bloody attack last month against Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) supporting the Doha peace process in the camp by armed group, the Sudanese authorities accused supporters of the Sudan Liberation Movement led by Abdel Wahid Al-Nur of being behind the violence.
Then, the Governor of South Darfur Abdel Hamid Musa Kasha described the camp as “a den of criminals fleeing from justice” he further announced the removal of the camp adding it lies near the railway station and Nyala Airport. This proximity to the airport increases the “security threat for UNAMID planes,” he stressed.
Abdel Karim Mousa Abdel Karim, Deputy Wali of South Darfur, told the government funded (smc) that the residents of Kalma would be relocated in two camps with a capacity of 25 to 30 thousand people, equipped with all basic services.
The space per house will be between 150 to 200 meters, he added.
The new camps will be located in southern Nyala, the capital of South Darfur in an area called Bileel.
He also said machineries for construction and wells drilling were dispatched to the sites to start works. He added the relocation will be implemented after completion of the construction of new camps.
Kalma, home of around 100,000 people, witnessed in August 2009 one of the most dramatic clashes between the residents and the Sudanese security forces where some 30 people had been killed and many others wounded.