February 15th, 2009 in Breaking News

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Reuters AlertNet - In Brief: Aid groups unable to reach 100,000 in South Darfur.

Source: IRIN

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NAIROBI, 13 February 2009 (IRIN) - International aid agencies have since 7 February failed to reach 100,000 civilians in Muhajariya, Sheria and Labado areas of South Darfur. Four attempts to access these areas failed because the agencies could not obtain clearance for humanitarian flights.

“We are very concerned about the state and condition of civilians in these areas,” Ameerah Haq, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, said in a statement on 12 February. “Aid agencies need urgent access to Muhajariya, Sheria [Mijekha and Kazanjadeed areas] and Labado where people are in critical need of assistance. Unless access is immediately granted, the situation for hundreds of thousands of civilians could deteriorate rapidly.”

Thousands of civilians were recently displaced from Muhajiriya into the surrounding areas by fighting between Sudanese government troops and the Justice and Equality Movement.