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Displaced In Sudan's Darfur Region In Extreme Danger, Says Doctors Without Borders - 2004-02-18

The humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders says displaced people in Sudan’s Darfur region are in extreme danger. It says massive emergency aid is needed for their survival.

Fighting in Darfur has caused more than 100-thousand Sudanese to flee into eastern Chad. But within Darfur, itself, it’s estimated fighting may have displaced as many as 600-thousand people. Two insurgent groups have been battling Sudanese government troops and Arab militia members in western Sudan since last year.

Doctors Without Borders says it has small teams in the towns of Mornay and Zalinge, where tens of thousands of people have gathered. But due to the few number of staffers, there is little that can be done to help. The group is planning to send more teams to Darfur.

Dr. Mercedes Tatay is helping coordinate relief efforts in Darfur. From Paris, she spoke to English to Africa reporter Joe De Capua about the humanitarian crisis. She says, “We are talking about a population that’s been forced to flee and leave behind their villages as they were burning…They are gathering in places where they arrive with absolutely nothing. They have no food stock. It means they don’t have access to drinkable water.”

Doctors Without Borders says, “The dire situation can only be addressed by a massive mobilization of international agencies and with much broader access to the region.”

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