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UN Refugee Agency Aiding Over 100,000 Darfur Refugees In Chad - 2004-03-19


Humanitarian efforts continue in eastern Chad to help the more than 100-thousand Sudanese refugees who have fled from Sudan’s Darfur region. The UN refugee agency continues to transport refugees away from the dangerous border area. But it’s also getting emergency supplies to those who recently crossed into Chad.

Jennifer Clark is a spokeswoman for the UNHCR. From Geneva, she spoke to English to Africa reporter Joe De Capua about aid being distributed in the town of Bahai along the northern part of the Chad-Sudan border, where there are about 6,000 refugees. Ms. Clark says a UNHCR team is bringing food, blankets, buckets, soap and jerry cans.

The UNHCR has three camps operating, with a fourth opening Sunday at Iridimi, about seven kilometers northwest of the town of Iriba. She says in the beginning, water for the new camp will have to be trucked in. As much as 100,000 liters a day will be brought in for as many as 7,000 people. Most of the refugees going to the new site are currently in and around the town of Tine.

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