Home | News    Sunday 10 May 2015

IDP’s accuse HAC of preventing distribution of assistance in S. Darfur


May 9, 2015 (NYALA) - The deputy secretary general of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees union in Darfur, Adam Abdalla Gamhouri, has accused the government Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) in South Darfur state of impeding distribution of foodstuff and sheltering materials to the IDP’s.

A woman shows her ration card at the voucher distribution center in Abu Shouk camp for internally displaced persons (IDP), North Darfur, on 18 October 2012, ( photo by Albert González Farran - UNAMID)

IDP’s in Kalma camp, 7 km east of South Darfur state capital, Nyala suffer from severe lack of foodstuffs and potable water due to the delay caused by aid groups in distributing food and breakdown of most water sources around the camp.

Gamhouri told Sudan Tribune on Saturday that IDPs are living in extremely inhumane conditions due to delay in the distribution of food quotas for 40 days, pointing that the IDP’s have been severely affected by the World Food Programme’s (WFP) decision to decrease its assistance by 50% .

He accused the national humanitarian body in South Darfur of exercising pressure on the remaining foreign aid groups in order to deny IDPs access to relief assistance, saying they seek to carry out the voluntary return programme by forcing camps’ residents to return to their homes.

Gamhouri added that IDPs are usually attacked by armed militia who do not want them to return to their villages.

HAC officials were not available for comment.

He stressed that new IDPs arrive in Darfur camps on daily basis, adding camps are in dire need for plastic sheets, blankets, mosquito nets and malaria medications to meet the needs of the rainy season.

Ghamhouri urged national and international aid groups to provide plastic sheets, mosquito nets and life saving drugs. He said IDP’s suffer most from water pools around the camps which serve as breeding ground for the mosquitoes during the rainy season.

He pointed that 60% of the IDP’s are living in the open without shelter, demanding swift intervention to provide the necessary help for the affected.

Sudanese government officials say the establishment of IDPs camps in Darfur was a fault they would not repeat again, pointing that the camps allow rebels to instrumentalise the camps’ residents to serve their political agenda.

According to the latest estimations by United Nations agencies, camps in Darfur houses 2,500,000 IDPs since eruption of the conflict the rebel groups in 2003.

Immediately after the first arrest warrant of the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Sudan’s president Omer al-Bashir in March 2009, Sudan expelled 13 aid groups from Darfur accusing them of collaborating with the war crime courts.

Since then, the Sudanese government intensified its crackdown on foreign aid agencies.

Last December, HAC expressed intentions of full “Sudanisation” of humanitarian work in South Darfur state at the expense of foreign aid groups.


Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

False escape of Peter Biar Ajak from South Sudan to America 2020-08-07 15:58:45 By Steve Paterno In a dramatic fashion, Peter Biar Ajak, a South Sudanese political dissident, wrote an opinion article in World Street Journal (WSJ), published on July 23, 2020, the same day he (...)

How we can construct a shared vision for South Sudan’s future? 2020-08-01 09:21:58 David Nyuol Vincent To craft a shared vision for the future of South Sudan is difficult but not impossible. To surpass the perilous situation in which we are in now, we need to learn to (...)

Establish capable security force in Darfur 2020-08-01 07:43:40 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman The Darfur region is destined to continue bleeding. Those who believe in that openly say whether Omer Al-Bashir is still in the rule of Sudan or deposed, the region of (...)


Latest Press Releases

S. Korea supports UN communities building resilience project in Sudan’s Blue Nile 2019-09-09 09:26:41 UNDP Sudan September 5, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - An agreement was signed on 5th of September between the Korean Ambassador, His Excellency. Lee Ki-Seong and Dr. Selva Ramachandran, Resident (...)

Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders back calls for civil rule 2019-04-26 10:22:06 Press statement by 55 Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders on Sudan Sit-in and Peaceful Protest Khartoum -24/04/2019 We, the undersigned (55) Sudanese lawyers and human rights defenders, (...)

South Sudan’s Lafon youth condemn killings of civilians by Pari community 2019-04-03 21:54:29 Press Statement on the Fighting between Pari/ Pacidi and Lotuko/Lokiri on 24/3/2019 Release by The Lafon County Youth Union: We, the Lafon County Youth Union hereby condemn the atrocities and (...)


Copyright © 2003-2020 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.