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Friday, March 24, 2017
Aid begins to reaches Sudanese
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¬†CAFOD's partners in Sudan are leading a massive aid operation, which is underway in Darfur to help over a million people in the region who have been driven from their homes by rebel groups. The agency is part of an £10 million pound joint appeal by Caritas the global network of Catholic aid agencies, and ACT (Action by Churches Together) known as ACDE (ACT/Caritas Darfur Emergency Response). The money raised will be used to provide shelter, water, sanitation and basic sleeping and kitchen materials to half million homeless people. One planeload of aid has already been sent by ACDER and a second plane is due to leave at the weekend. The operation has set up a base in Nyala in the south of Darfur to distribute the aid. Work is already underway with two lorry loads of blankets, clothing and soap being distributed to families in Zalingi in Western Darfur by staff and volunteers. The town is home to 70,000 people who have been driven from their homes by the conflict. Half of them are crammed into school compounds and public buildings in the town; others are in camps on the outskirts of the town while others are waiting for new camps to be set up. Many of the people in the camps are badly traumatised by being raped and injured in attacks by the rebels who drove them from their homes. Khadia Abdullah Kabir arrived in April with her four children after walking for three days. She said: "I was attacked in my village and then they burnt down the village which is why we came here. I brought nothing with me apart from one small cooking pot. Five people were killed from my village and more than 10 were injured. "We are eating only wheat at the moment cooked with water because we have no money to buy anything else. I have lots of needs; I need more plastic sheeting so that we can cover our whole hut. I need food and some clothes I only have these clothes that I am wearing. We also don't have blankets so I have to cover my children with my wrap at night as it is so cold." CAFOD aid worker, Fiona Callister, who has visited the town and the camps said: "The conditions in the town are abysmal. There are just too many people trying to survive on too little of everything. There isn't enough food, clean water, shelter or sanitation to cope with the thousands of homeless people who have poured into the town. "A couple of camps have been built and our partners have managed to set up two schools and a clinic but they are fighting against the tide. One camp houses 17,000 people who are all crammed together often with fifteen people sleeping in makeshift shelters." To donate money call the HOTLINE APPEAL 0500 858885 or via
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