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Internally displaced persons in Sudan’s Darfur Jebel Amir gold mining area and returning Chadian migrant workers receive aid

Posted on Tue, Feb-05-2013

Sudan/Chad – IOM is currently transporting over 125 metric tonnes of emergency assistance including plastic sheeting, sleeping mats, beds, mattresses and mosquito nets to an estimated 100,000 people displaced by fighting in north Darfur’s Jebel Amir district.

The assistance, which also includes primary health care and rapid response kits, medical tents, nutrition items for malnourished adults and children, cartons of soap and animal feed, is expected to reach the areas of Kabkabiya, Saraf Omra, Sireif and Ghara Zawiya from Khartoum by road in the next few days.

IOM Sudan has also provided transport assistance to a total of 38 stranded migrant workers to their final destinations which included Khartoum, ForoBranga, Nyala and Beida.

According to UN, more than 100 people have been killed and some 70,000 have fled their homes in the Jebel Amir gold mining areas following clashes between the Beni Hussein and Aballa tribes over the control of several gold mines.

Labour migrants from neighbouring Chad have also been caught up in the fighting, with many fleeing back to Chad and to the West Darfur State town of El Geniena.  IOM is particularly concerned about the plight of some 1,500 destitute migrants currently living without shelter or assistance. Others have found temporary refuge in some of the town’s mosques

IOM Chad is also working with the Chadian authorities to provide emergency assistance including transport to more than 1,500 Chadian gold miners who have crossed the border from Darfur. IOM Chad has also deployed a team in Adre, a mountainous area close to the border with Darfur, to monitor the new influx of the fleeing migrant workers.

“Many of the returning Chadian migrant workers lost all their possessions and had their money stolen during the fighting and resulting displacement in the Jebel Amir area,” says Qasim Sufi, IOM’s Chief of Mission in Chad. “Without the means to buy a bus ticket home, many remain stranded in remote and inhospitable areas.”

In coordination with UNOCHA and WFP, IOM is providing food for arriving migrants and onward transportation to their final destinations. As the migrants are arriving from a yellow fever-prone region, local health authorities are working with IOM to ensure that migrants are vaccinated before departure.

 

For more information, please contact

Dr Qasim Sufi
IOM Chad
Email: qsufi@iom.int

or  

Filiz  Demir
IOM Sudan
Tel +249 922406733
Email:fdemir@iom.int

and

Riad Marrow
IOM Sudan
Tel +249 922406671
Email: rmarrow@iom.int