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Life in Syria is so bad that around three million people have had to leave. According to the latest UN reports, the number of people leaving the country to seek refuge is likely to reach three million today (Friday 29 August).
Most of these people are living in neighbouring countries, including Lebanon and Jordan where Tearfund and other agencies are helping them.
The conflict in Syria began more than three years ago in March 2011. Since then nearly 200,000 people have died in the fighting, according to some estimates. More than 6 million people are homeless.
Rafi, aged seven, saw his little brother die in Syria. His mother told Tearfund: “He hasn’t been happy with himself since. He has nightmares and tells me that he is scared during the day.”
Rafi and his family now live in Lebanon, one of the countries where Tearfund is helping refugees. While in Syria they lived under shelling, in Lebanon it is peaceful.
Yet the whole family lives with a legacy of fear. They are all, even the parents, frightened by loud noises like fireworks.
“The Syrian people are so resilient and long to be independent, but the people I met are having to rely on the kindness of strangers in a strange land,” says Oenone Chadburn, Tearfund’s Head of Humanitarian Support, who recently returned from Jordan (summer 2014).
“I heard story after story of people who had suffered so much loss, but they continued to look forwards to the future and a time of peace and hope.”
Aid agencies including Tearfund are working to meet the needs of people who have been made homeless, both within Syria and in neighbouring countries.
Many are traumatised and need specialist help. Most have no opportunity to earn money, because their work permissions are restricted, so they struggle to feed their families. School places in host countries are limited because of the number of people arriving from Syria.
Tearfund’s local partners in Jordan and Lebanon are providing primary education to hundreds of Syrian children aged 4-11. As well as helping them to catch up on their schooling, children are given a routine for their day.
Now that violence and persecution has also forced more than a million people in neighbouring northern Iraq to flee their homes, Tearfund is beginning new aid projects. In the Kurdish region of Iraq, Tearfund will serve people who have had to flee from executions, sex slave markets and forced conversion.
“Many of us have been praying for years for these conflicts to end, and we might start to lose hope,” says Oenone.
“But the Syrians I’ve met don’t have that luxury. For the sake of their children’s futures they need us to keep praying and supporting them as much as we can.”
For background information on the crisis and opportunities to give to Tearfund’s work in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and Iraq, go to http://www.tearfund.org/en/latest/syria/.
Central African Republic: Central African Republic - Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #19, Fiscal Year (FY) 2014
Insecurity throughout the Central African Republic (CAR) results in more than 50 deaths since August 17
Violence kills a humanitarian worker in the capital city of Bangui
Clashes between armed groups and European Union troops in Bangui on August 19–20 caused thousands of people to flee their homes, injured dozens, and resulted in the death of a CAR Red Cross Society (CRCS) volunteer. Depicted by the U.N. as the worst fighting in Bangui since April, the violence underscores the difficulties experienced by humanitarian workers and security forces alike. Since November 2013, violence has killed at least 14 relief workers.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM)—a USAID/OFDA partner— reports that approximately 80 percent of IDPs surveyed in Bangui in July intend to return to their areas of origin in the coming weeks. The results of IOM’s previous monthly IDP return intention survey in June reflected that only 56 percent of IDPs endeavored to return home.
Long term ceasefire begins August 26
Casualties (MoH, as of 19:00 August 25):
- 2,130 Palestinians killed, including 577 children, 102 elderly.
11,066 persons injured, including 3,374 children, 410 elderly).
WHO, health cluster partners and UN agencies begin field work for needs assessments and recovery plans
51% of all major hospitals and clinics damaged since July 7 (map in Annex)
27% of the hospitals closed due to damage or insecurity
Brazil: Migration haïtienne au Brésil: La Plateforme GARR dresse un tableau sombre des conditions de vie des ressortissants haïtiens
Lors d’une conférence de presse organisée à Port-au-Prince par la Plateforme GARR, le 28 août 2014, deux représentants de l’institution ont dressé un tableau sombre des conditions de vie des migrants haïtiens au Brésil. Ces militants de droits humains qui y ont effectué une visite d’observation, du 13 au 21 août écoulé, appellent les autorités haïtiennes à travailler en vue d’empêcher les Haïtiens d’aller se faire humilier en territoire brésilien.
Cette délégation qui était composée de Philippe Jean Thomas et du prêtre catholique romain Pierre Yves Edmond, respectivement président et conseiller du Conseil d’Administration de la Plateforme GARR, avait rencontré des migrants-es haïtiens, des représentants-es de l’Etat brésilien et des membres de la société civile brésilienne.
Ces ressortissants-es haïtiens, en majorité des jeunes compris entre 18 à 34 ans, ont confié aux représentants du GARR qu’ils/elles ont dû abandonner Haïti suite au séisme dévastateur de 2010 pour aller s’établir au Brésil en quête d’une vie meilleure. Ne maîtrisant pas la langue portugaise, ils/elles éprouvent de sérieuses difficultés à s’intégrer au sein de la société brésilienne.
Au cours d’une visite de la délégation du GARR à un centre à São Paulo où sont hébergés des migrants africains et plus de 350 ressortissants haïtiens, ces derniers n’ont pas caché leur grogne par rapport aux mauvais traitements dont ils sont l’objet de la part des autorités brésiliennes.
« Nous sommes entassés ici comme des sardines dans ce centre d’hébergement où les services d’accueil et les infrastructures sanitaires font défaut. Personne ne fait cas de nous. Qui pis est, nous sommes interdits de rester au centre pendant la journée. Tous les matins à compter de 7 heures, le responsable nous contraint de quitter l’espace pour y revenir à 8 heures du soir.», a déploré un ressortissant haïtien d’un air désappointé.
Parmi ces migrants-es haïtiens au Brésil, se trouvent des ingénieurs, des menuisiers, des informaticiens, des avocats, des pasteurs évangéliques, pour ne citer que ceux-là. Pour se rendre au Brésil, certains d’entre eux font la demande de visas auprès du consulat brésilien en Haïti. Dans ce cas, le voyage leur coûte plus de 1,500.00 dollars américains (200.00 dollars américains pour les frais de visa et près de 1,300.00 dollars américains pour le billet d’avion). Cependant, d’autres empruntent la voie irrégulière en passant par la République Dominicaine où le coût du voyage s’estime à plus de 2,500.00 dollars américains.
Sans tenir compte du coût élevé, le parcours irrégulier pour se rendre en territoire brésilien n’est pas sans conséquences sur la vie des ressortissants-es haïtiens. Certains d’entre eux, notamment des femmes sont battues et violées pendant la traversée qui les conduit à Acre, un Etat brésilien situé au Nord du Brésil. Ces femmes victimes se retrouvent, pour la plupart, avec des grossesses non désirées et des maladies sexuellement transmissibles.
Des migrants-es ont partagé avec la délégation leur désillusion d’avoir pris la décision de dépenser toutes leurs petites économies pour venir se faire humilier au Brésil.
« Nous nous sentons humiliés ici. Si nous savions que ce sort nous serait réservé, nous serions restés chez nous en Haïti en dépit de la mauvaise gestion du pays par nos dirigeants qui semblent prioriser les querelles politiques sur le bien-être de la population haïtienne.», a déclaré une jeune migrante haïtienne aux représentants du GARR.
Selon les chiffres officiels, le nombre de ressortissants haïtiens à s’établir au Brésil après le séisme du 12 janvier 2010 s’élève à environ 35 mille : un chiffre qui tend de jour en jour à augmenter en raison du désir croissant de nombreux Haïtiens à laisser le pays en quête de mieux-être.
La Plate-forme GARR a dénoncé le comportement irresponsable des autorités haïtiennes qui, selon elle, ne font rien pour freiner le départ massif des citoyens/citoyennes haïtiens vers l’étranger, notamment vers le Brésil.
Elle en a profité pour formuler différentes recommandations à l’Etat haïtien. Au nombre de ces recommandations figurent : la mise en place de vrais programmes sociaux et économiques susceptibles de donner le goût à la population haïtienne de rester chez elle sans avoir besoin d’aller se faire humilier à l’étranger ; l’application de la Loi sur la Lutte contre la Traite des personnes publiée le 2 juin 2014 ; la mise en place des programmes d’éducation civiques en vue de porter les Haïtiens et Haïtiennes à aimer leur pays.
Bill will provide better support for victims and campaigners say it will make securing convictions easier
Kenya has passed a law that will make it easier to secure convictions for human trafficking by providing greater support to victims, encouraging them to give evidence, campaigners said.
The victim protection bill approved by the country’s parliament on Wednesday aims to improve support to victims of crime, including provision of a place of safety, food, medical treatment, psychosocial care and police protection. It also establishes a fund to assist victims.
Thailand’s migration and refugee policies have shifted since the military’s coup d’état in May. The Thai junta has initiated a policy of labor reforms, including a crackdown on undocumented migrant workers to allegedly combat corruption and human trafficking.
Most of the 2.2 million registered migrant workers in Thailand are Burmese, but labor rights activists estimate there are an additional 3 million workers who are undocumented. The majority of these migrants work in the construction and fishing sectors and many, including those with legal rights to work, report exploitation by their employers. A recent report by the Guardian explained how Burmese workers were sold by traffickers and forced to work on fishing boats, without being allowed to return to the mainland for years. But there have also been stories of abuse and mistreatment of migrants by the police. It is no wonder that when rumors spread of the Thai junta’s crackdown, more than 200,000 Cambodians fled back home, fearful of violence towards them.
The junta’s policy shift may also be affecting Burmese refugees living along the border, who have received mixed signals regarding their repatriation. Since the beginning of June, movement restrictions have been more strictly enforced for the Burmese refugees living in camps. They are banned from leaving the camps, confined to their homes from 6pm to 6am, and threatened with deportation if they don’t comply.
In July, the Thai junta pledged to send back to Myanmar about 100,000 of the 130,000 refugees living in the border camps – some of whom have been there for more than two decades. From August 1 to August 3, Thai and Burmese authorities met in the Burmese town of Mergui to talk about these plans, and a Thai army source told the Irrawaddy newspaper that the junta aimed to “send back all of them [the refugees] and close down all nine camps to end chronic security problems posed by the refugees.” Despite these actions, Thai authorities have reportedly assured the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) that the return of the refugees will be voluntary, dignified, and safe, and that no time frame has been set.
Although the situation in Myanmar has improved over the last two and a half years, organizations such as the UNHCR state that the country is not ready for a sustainable, safe, and organized refugee return. Challenges include the absence of a permanent ceasefire in eastern Myanmar; the presence land mines and unmarked minefields; insufficient infrastructure and jobs for returnees; and a lack of safeguards on issues such as citizenship, land rights, security, identity documents, and healthcare.
According to the Bangkok Post, the Thai government has divided the refugees into those who want to return to Myanmar, those who wish to resettle in another country country, and those who were born and wish to remain in Thailand. There have been no decisions about what will happen to refugees who are unable or unwilling to repatriate or resettle in a third country, and there are no indications that local integration will be offered as a long-term solution. Meanwhile, Thai authorities have begun conducting a census of Burmese refugees at the country’s largest camp, which some refugees fear could lead to their immediate repatriation.
While we await further developments in Thailand, the world should remain vigilant. Though the Thai government has given assurances concerning the voluntary, safe, and dignified nature of any refugee returns to Myanmar, it will be important for the humanitarian community to monitor the situation closely and ensure that refugees are not pressured to return prematurely.
Leticia Isasi is an intern at Refugees International.
The June-September monsoon season brought flooding to Nepal and neighboring India. Much of the country is still suffering from flood waters resulting in complicated and difficult response and recovery efforts. In Nepal more than 114 people are reported dead, 156 people are out of contact, and over 7000 families displaced and 15,000 families are partially affected. In total, 21 districts are affected severely as a result of monsoon rain and floods. Many humanitarian as well as government organizations are responding. Unmet needs are being reported of food, water, health, and emergency shelter. The four districts most severely affected are (Banke, Bardiya, Kailali and Surkhet) http://neoc.gov.np/en/ ShelterBox is providing humanitarian aid, emergency shelter, and supplies, such as water filters, stoves, and blankets. (Source). Jhanka Nath Dhakal of Nepal’s National Emergency Operation Center said four helicopters with food, emergency supplies, medicine and medical workers were sent to villages in the west of the country. (Source) Rescuers were also attempting to reach the villages by road. However, most of the highways and rural roads are either submerged or damaged by the flooding, preventing vehicles from passing.
Risks: Drowning and injuries, floods potentially increase the risks of various infections. Authorities have established camps and provided people with clean water and dry food to prevent epidemics of water-born diseases, especially cholera. Officials in the worst-hit districts of Surkhet, Bardiya and Dang have also provided water purifying materials to affected villagers. People suffering from fever, dysentery and diarrhea are being treated at nearby health posts. (AFP, http://www.afp.com/en/node/2735421). Currently, there are no cases of cholera reported. Direct Relief is working with health providers to assess needs and deliver medical items. Emergency hospitals report shortages of IV fluids, catheters, bandages, oxygen, oral rehydration solution and antibiotics. Meanwhile, ointment to treat skin infections, cough medicine, iodine and bandages are inadequate for basic care. (Direct Relief, (Source))
Launched: 29 August 2014 End date: 29 May 2015
Appeal timeframe: 9 months
This Emergency Appeal will enable the IFRC to support the Kenya Red Cross Society to assist 649,175 beneficiaries for 9 months, and will be completed by the June 2015. As a result of poor performance of the long rains March – May 2014 the North Western, Northern, North Eastern, South Eastern and parts of the Coast in Kenya households’ food availability as well as livestock productivity has been affected. The situation has been worsened by increasing food prices (which continually erode household purchasing power)) driven by increase in costs of fuel, and general inflation.
The Kenya Red Cross Society will work with the national and county governments and in partnership with humanitarian agencies involved in drought relief, in scaling up humanitarian interventions to the communities affected by the drought. The interventions will focus on improving access to safe water (for both human consumption and for livestock), essential health and nutrition services, support to school feeding programmes as well as support to livelihood activities such as distribution of seeds in marginal agricultural areas to maximise on potential for early planting in the coming long rainy season and procurement of replanting kits for farmers in previously implemented integrated food security and livelihood projects.
From the 22 – 28 August, the Logistics Cluster facilitated the transportation of 1,535 pallets of Food, WASH and Shelter supplies, via 59 trucks on behalf of the humanitarian community, the highest weekly amount since the start of the operation.
As of 28 August, more than 100 Logistics Cluster services requests have been received since the start of the Gaza Emergency Operation on 30 July 2014.
On 27 August, for the first time since 2007, WFP successfully transported over 15,000 food parcels from Egypt to the Gaza Strip via Rafah crossing. The Logistics Cluster will now assess needs and the possibilities of whether the crossing can be used on a more permanent basis to support the humanitarian community transport relief items from Egypt into the Gaza Strip: http://www.wfp.org/news/news-release/wfp-humanitarian-convoydelivers-foo...
Throughout the ceasefire, the Logistics Cluster continues to monitor the impact on logistics access constraints, and the security of humanitarian space for the transport and distribution of relief supplies.
Since Logistics Cluster activation on the 30 July, 160 trucks transporting 4,175 pallets of humanitarian relief items including food, WASH and shelter supplies have been transported by the Logistics Cluster on behalf of the humanitarian community for distribution within the Gaza Strip.
34 humanitarian organisations have been supported by the Logistics Cluster since activation on 30 July, including the Premiere Urgence-Aide Medicale International (PU-AMI), Hebron Food Trade Association and UNICEF Jerusalem.
Out of a total of 4,175 pallets, the Logistics Cluster has facilitated the transportation of over 2,360 pallets of private donations from local organisations and civil society groups for distribution within the Gaza Strip in the initial four weeks of the emergency response operation.
occupied Palestinian territory: Occupied Palestinian Territory: Gaza Emergency Daily Situation Update – 28 August 2014
Coordination/ Information Management/ GIS
100 Logistics Cluster transport service requests have been received since the start of the operation on 30 July. 90% have been successfully transported to partners within the Gaza Strip. The remainder is being loaded, in order to be transported in the coming days.
The minutes from the Logistics Cluster Coordination Meeting held on the 26 August are available on the Gaza Emergency operation page on the Logistics Cluster Website: http://logcluster.org/document/meeting-minutesjerusalem-gaza-26-august-2014
The Logistics Cluster Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), which provide an overview of how to access the logistics services offered by the Logistics Cluster, are available on the Logistics Cluster website: http://logcluster.org/document/standard-operating-procedure-0
The Logistics Cluster Regional Supply Routes Map is available on the Logistics Cluster website: http://logcluster.org/map/gaza-regional-supply-routes-29-august-14
Logistics Gaps and Bottlenecks
Throughout the ceasefire, the Logistics Cluster continues to monitor the impact on logistics access constraints, and the security of humanitarian space for the transport and distribution of relief supplies.
Cargo transported via Betunia crossing from the West Bank into Israel is currently experiencing significant delays due to capacity limitations. Almost 20% of transportation facilitated by the Logistics Cluster using the crossing since the start of the operation (30 July) has been delayed and 42% has been diverted to alternative crossings, increasing lead times and costs.
Cargo transported via Tarqumia crossing from the West Bank into Israel is experiencing delays in cargo processing due to the increasing number of trucks and complex security procedures. The Logistics Cluster is liaising with relevant authorities to ease bottlenecks and investigate possible solutions to the constraints at the crossing points.
The Logistics Cluster is requesting a list of sector cargo priorities for the Gaza humanitarian response in the case that not all cargo requests can be delivered in a timely manner due to the security crossing process.
The Logistics Cluster is assessing partners’ needs to determine whether the Rafah crossing from Egypt into the Gaza Strip can be used on a more permanent basis to support the humanitarian community transport relief items following successful crossing of WFP trucks on 27 August.
After initial interventions to provide food and hygiene supplies, CBM, along with its local partners in Gaza, will be introducing two new six month projects beginning in September 2014.
Psychosocial needs, eye care and general medical treatments
In the first weeks of the current Gaza crisis, CBM and partners supported 2100 families, including more than 300 families of persons with disabilities, distributing ready-to-eat food parcels and hygiene kits. We are now working to alleviate some of the more long-term needs.
Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children (ASDC) will be putting in place an Emergency Response Program providing early psychosocial interventions for at risk deaf children and their families. This project is based on the needs assessment carried out in August aims to reach about 2,800 people.
St. John Eye Hospital will provide sustained eye care and emergency eye care services and Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation (BASR), in coordination with the Palestine Ministry of Health, is continuing support to severely injured people. The BASR medical team is evaluating the patients and providing them with the needed medical treatment along with a recovery plan. CBM is working with BASR to ensure the availability of equipment required for treating injured people.
Situation overview in Gaza
An open-ended ceasefire entered into force on 26 Aug. According to the UNOCHA Humanitarian Snapshot (25 August 2014), there are:
- 1.8 million affected people in the Gaza Strip
- More than 10,000 injured
- 475,000 displaced in UNRWA government shelters and with host families
- 500,000 children unable to start the new school year
- More than 200 schools damaged
- More than 17,000 housing units destroyed or severely damaged
- 37,000 housing units sustained damage but still inhabitable
- 58 hospitals/clinics damaged
In any emergency or disaster, people who live with some form of disability are among the most at risk.
occupied Palestinian territory: Crisis in Gaza 2014, ANERA Response Log | Weekly summary (August 10 - 28 2014)
Five tanker trucks delivered 5,571,000 liters of drinkable water to 50 communal water tanks throughout Khan Younis, Jabalia, El-Bureij, El-Maghazi, the middle area, Zahra, Gaza City and Zaytoon.
Poursuite de l’installation des équipes d’agents de contrôle sanitaires aux points d’entrée frontaliers
Pénétration du village de Sandia, Ouende Kenema, par l’équipe d’investigation et suivi contact.
Total, 16 décès probables notifiés et 86 contacts enregistrés.
Pour la journée du 26 août 2014, la situation épidémiologique se présente comme suit: 22 nouveaux cas dont 10 confirmés et 12 suspects enregistrés sur l’ensemble du pays. 80 malades dont 64 confirmés et 16 suspects sont hospitalisés dans les centres de traitement du pays;
Situation par localité:
Guéckédou : 03 nouveaux cas suspects enregistrés; 54 malades (Guéckedou, Macenta,
Nzérékoré et Yomou) dont 42 confirmés et 12 suspects sont hospitalisés au Centre de Traitement ;
Conakry: 04 nouveaux cas enregistrés tous confirmés; 26 malades dont 22 confirmés et 04 suspects sont hospitalisés au centre de traitement;
Macenta : 12 nouveaux cas dont 05 confirmés et 07 suspects enregistrés ; 02 décès parmi les cas confirmés au CTE de Guéckédou;
Siguiri : Aucun nouveau cas enregistré, pas de malades hospitalisés au centre de traitement;
Pita : aucun nouveau cas enregistré; pas de malade au centre de traitement. Kouroussa : aucun nouveau cas ;
Nzérékoré : 01 nouveau cas suspect enregistré;
Yomou : 01 nouveau cas suspect enregistré ;
Dubréka : 01 nouveau cas confirmé enregistré;
Depuis le début de l’épidémie, le cumul des cas est de 663 dont 499 confirmés, 142 probables et 22 suspects ; le cumul des décès est de 438 dont 294 confirmés, 142 probables et 02 suspects.
Democratic Republic of the Congo: La RDC veut introduire l’éducation pour la paix dans le programme scolaire
Le ministère de l’Enseignement primaire, secondaire et professionnel (EPSP) veut introduire l’éducation pour la paix dans le système éducatif congolais. Selon le conseiller international chargé de la coopération au sein de ce ministère, Jovin Mukadi, ce nouveau programme vise à prévenir les conflits en RDC. L’éducation pour la paix jouerait alors un rôle important dans la reconstruction sociale et plus particulièrement dans les sociétés affectées par les conflits, a-t-il estimé.
Pour Jovin Mukadi, un tel programme devrait aussi assurer le dialogue, contribuer à la réconciliation, à l’apaisement social et à la possibilité du règlement des conflits.
«On voudrait élever cette éducation pour la paix en une discipline qui permet de prévenir les conflits, de prévenir les guerres, de prévenir même les conflits émotionnels que nous avons nous même dans notre cœur, dans notre âme», a expliqué Jovin Mukadi.
Selon lui, tout cela nécessite une politique, une stratégie et un plan de mise en œuvre.
«On devrait aboutir […] à la formation des enseignants. Dans leur formation initiale, il faut qu’il y ait des matières qui traitent de l’éducation pour la paix. Et à la fin, on aura des manuels. Ces manuels iront vers les élèves. Et si les élèves sont pris en charge par des enseignants formés pour l’éducation pour la paix, on espère à ce moment prévenir les conflits, les guerres», a-t-il expliqué.
Le ministère a organisé jeudi 28 août un atelier à l’intention des journalistes et autres opérateurs des médias sur l’éducation pour la paix.
Il pense inclure toutes les forces sociales de la nation congolaise pour un engagement inclusif.
MERSHING (29 Aug.) - Militia members raped two displaced girls at a farm in Mershing locality, South Darfur, on Monday. A day later, militiamen kept several displaced people hostage in exchange for money. Five people were robbed by militiamen in Mershing on Wednesday.
One of the Sheikhs of Hashaba camp told Radio Dabanga that the girls, who live in Salwa camp, are 13 and 17 years old. “Pro-government militiamen raped them inside the farm, and also beat them after the rape.”
Displaced people abducted
Militiamen kept thirteen displaced people of Hashaba and Salwa camps prisoners on Tuesday, demanding SDG 1,000 ($174) for each person as ransom. The Hashaba camp Sheikh revealed to Radio Dabanga that the displaced people were driving carts to fetch firewood in Gumba area, near Mershing, when the militiamen detained them. “After negotiating with members of the militia, they agreed to release nine of the displaced, so they could go to the camp and bring back the ransoms for the remaining four.”
He explained that the nine displaced people arrived in Mershing on Wednesday to report the incident to the authorities, which did not move to the scene. The four displaced people were still kept as hostages until the militiamen receive the money on Thursday.
On Wednesday, militiamen robbed five displaced people who were cultivating their land in Mershing. “The pro-government militia members robbed the four women and one man, named Abdallah Idris, from their possessions,” the Sheikh in Hashaba camp said. He added that the victims reported the incident, but authorities did not move.
SIRBA/SILEIA (29 Aug.) - Four children died in two separate incidents in Sirba and Jebel Moon locality in West Darfur on Tuesday and Wednesday, when grenades they discovered detonated.
The coordinator of the Sirba camps for displaced people told Radio Dabanga from Manjura in Jebel Moon that Adam Nimeiri Haj (13 years), Abdo Mohamed (12 years), and Haitham Ishag Adam (11 years) were herding goats in the area on Wednesday. They found an unexploded ordnance (UXO), which detonated as they started playing with it, the coordinator explained. They were killed on the spot.
An explosion of a remnant of war on Tuesday killed one child and seriously wounded another in Drankola in Sirba locality. The camp coordinator explained that the incident occurred when the two children were letting their camels graze in the area. “The injured child was transferred to El Geneina hospital for treatment.”
The coordinator appealed to the citizens and the local state authorities to speed up the cleaning of remnants of war from Darfur. He also appealed to families in the region to alert their children to stay away from any foreign item on the ground, and immediately inform the authorities in the event they find any.
Years of conflict have left Darfur littered with potentially deadly explosives and munitions. Radio Dabanga appeals to listeners throughout Darfur (and elsewhere in our reception area) not to touch any ‘unexploded’ grenades or other ammunition found in the field. Mark its position clearly to alert others, and report it immediately to a camp sheikh, Unamid and/or the local police.