UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations urged Sudanese authorities on Tuesday to allow humanitarian organizations access to a Darfur refugee camp which has been closed to aid agencies for more than a week following an outbreak of violence.
UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said about 50,000 people are still believed to be in Kalma camp in South Darfur and several thousand have taken refuge outside a community police center run by the joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force.
"We are concerned about the shortages of food and fuel. Deliveries have stopped and fuel for water pumps has run out. And so, obviously, sanitation is a major concern, because it's the middle of the rainy season," Nesirky said.
"The government must resume full humanitarian access to Kalma and to surrounding areas where displaced people have fled," he said.
The Save Darfur Coalition called the Sudanese government's behavior "atrocious" and said its denial of humanitarian aid and threat to relocate the Kalma camp was leaving families even more vulnerable to hunger and disease.
The coalition urged the United States and the international community to pressure the government to allow immediate, unimpeded access for U.N. agencies and humanitarian organizations.