Friday, September 08, 2006

UN warns of catastrophe: 2m IDPs inside Darfur + 200,000 in 12 UN camps in Chad

In Geneva today, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Mr Guterres said:
"Humanitarian agencies are already struggling to cope with the enormous needs of some 2 million internally displaced people inside Darfur, plus more than 200,000 refugees in 12 UNHCR-run camps across the border in Chad."

"Deteriorating security has left us unable to provide even minimal help across wide areas of Darfur, and resources in neighbouring Chad have been stretched to the limit. An already bad situation is worsening by the day."

"Millions of people are already at grave risk," the High Commissioner said. "Hundreds are still dying amid ongoing violence, and thousands are still being forcibly displaced. Urgent international action is needed to put pressure on the parties to the conflict and to convince everyone involved on the ground to let humanitarian agencies safely carry out their work."

He warned that if the situation does not improve, "we're heading for a major catastrophe."
Full report UN News Centre.

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