Sudan: Politics and Government

International Development written question – answered on 22nd October 2008.

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Photo of John Bercow John Bercow Conservative, Buckingham

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Darfur.

Photo of Ivan Lewis Ivan Lewis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development

Widespread violence continues to cause large-scale displacements and restrict humanitarian access. Across Darfur, over 270,000 have been newly displaced so far in 2008. In September, fighting between government forces and rebel groups in North Darfur displaced tens of thousands and hindered humanitarian access. In the last two weeks, militia attacks have increased in South Darfur, displacing thousands. The World Food Programme (WFP) expects that it will not be able to reach 450,000 intended beneficiaries with food aid in September.

Meanwhile, increasing numbers of humanitarian workers are subjected to targeted attacks. So far in 2008, 225 humanitarian vehicles have been hijacked, 170 humanitarian workers abducted, and 144 compounds attacked. The equivalent figures for September are 17, 15 and 21 respectively. Totals are already significantly above 2007 figures.

Distribution of rainy season non-food items has been ongoing throughout Darfur. WFP and its implementing partners continue to deliver food aid to almost 3.5 million people. Our implementing partners continue to address priority needs for IDPs in all three states in Darfur across a range of sectors.

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