Tuesday, August 29, 2006
UN warns of new Darfur disaster
By topi and agencies
AID agencies are finding it hard as they are also hapless targets for the Sudanese militias.
The heat is intensive, water is scarce and residents must walk miles to get some.
The UN's most senior humanitarian official has warned that Sudan's Darfur region faces a new humanitarian disaster owing to lack of security.
Jan Egeland spoke as the Security Council considered a US and UK plan to send about 17,500 UN troops to Darfur.
He called for "immediate action" on the political front, to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe threatening "massive loss of life".
Sudan rejects transforming an existing African Union force into a UN mission.
Some 200,000 people have been killed and more than 2m driven from their homes in three years of fighting in Darfur. Read more >>>