Top UN official warns of humanitarian crisis in Darfur

15:22, June 05, 2010      

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The humanitarian situation in the Sudanese region of Darfur continues to deteriorate as recent fighting between government and rebel forces caused thousands of people to be displaced from their homes, the top UN humanitarian official said here on Friday.

The Sudanese government remains engaged in clashes with the Abdul Wahid faction of the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) in the mountainous Jebel Marra region, as well as with the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) in South Sudan, UN Under-secretary-general for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes said at a press conference here.

Following his return from a recent mission to the region, Holmes emphasized the gravity of the situation as relief workers are unable to gain access to the embattled areas.

"Fighting is causing extra displacement, particularly in the Jebel Marra region, but unfortunately we have not been allowed to have access there. The government has not given us permission to move in particular to the rebel-held areas to look and deal with the people who fled from their homes," he said.

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