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Blockade Removed at IDP Camp In Darfur - 2004-08-16

A blockade formed by Sudanese soldiers at a camp for displaced people in Darfur had prevented humanitarian aid workers from reaching thousands of people. The checkpoint was set up after a mob killing occurred in the camp last Friday southeast of Nyala town in south Darfur.

The person killed was of Arabic origin and many camp residents said he had taken part in attacks on their villages in Darfur. The charges have not been substantiated.

Jennifer Abrahamson is a spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Khartoum. She told English to Africa reporter Kim Lewis that the situation has been resolved to a certain degree. As of Monday morning, humanitarian agency officials managed to have the blockade removed.