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Supplies needed to help families before rainy season

The rainy season is approaching, and thousands of families are still living under plastic sheets in camps in western Darfur.

Concern Worldwide is attempting to get essential supplies to vulnerable families in western Darfur before the rainy season begins in July or August. An estimated 2.5 million people have been displaced by the conflict in Darfur, and the numbers are growing, with new families arriving in the camps for internally displaced people every day.

Conditions on the ground

The delivery of basic supplies to the camps before the onset of the torrential rains is vital. According to Dominic MacSorley, Director of Operations of Concern US, "These camps were not designed to last this long: they are supposed to be temporary. No one envisioned that 2.5 million people would be living under plastic sheets for four years and counting." Providing and delivering supplies to these families will cost €1.6 million. Concern is appealing to the public for immediate funds to ensure that supplies are delivered on time.

Priorities

Concern's immediate priority is to provide 182,000 people with plastic sheeting, blankets, mosquito nets, cooking pots and water containers. Concern needs help to get these supplies on the ground in the camps as soon as possible. Speaking about the situation, Anne O'Mahony, Regional Director for Concern's programmes in Sudan and the Horn of Africa, said: "Four years on [from the outbreak of major unrest], and we are still struggling to provide these people with the basics. The truth is we hoped these people would be back rebuilding their homes by now."

Darfur and Concern

Concern has been working in Darfur since 2002, and is now addressing the basic survival needs of over 300,000 displaced people. This is the organisation’s largest current humanitarian operation.