UN: Sudan must allow aid authorities into Darfur camp

August 14, 2010 07:31

The UN humanitarian chief demanded Friday that Sudanese authorities allow aid agencies into a camp in Darfur and surrounding areas where more than 80,000 displaced people have been unable to receive food and other relief supplies for nearly two weeks.

John Holmes said that following recent violence five international aid organizations and UN humanitarian agencies have been prevented from entering Kalma Camp by local authorities in South Darfur despite assurances that such restrictions had not been imposed.

"If access is not urgently restored, the situation risks deteriorating rapidly," he warned in a statement.

Samuel Hendricks, spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Darfur, said late last week that at least five people had died and thousands fled the camp following demonstrations by opponents of peace talks between the government and some Darfur rebel groups. The talks in Doha, Qatar are the first since comprehensive peace negotiations broke down in late 2007.

Thousands of internally displaced people remain unaccounted for, according to Holmes.

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