Violence in Sudan's Darfur region is threatening the ability of humanitarian organizations to assist the people in need and putting at risk long-term food security, a UN spokesperson said here on Tuesday.
The World Food Program (WFP) says that the escalation in the decade-long conflict in Darfur has created the largest wave of population displacement that the region has seen in recent years and is straining its ability to feed vulnerable families, said Martin Nesirky, spokesperson for UN Secretary-general Ban Ki- moon, at a daily briefing.
According to a news release by the agency, the renewed violence since the beginning of the year has prompted more than 250,000 people to flee their villages and abandon their livelihoods, and the inter-tribal clashes have strained WFP's ability to feed vulnerable families.
The majority of WFP's operations in Sudan take place in Darfur, where the agency had planned to feed 2.7 million people at the beginning of the year, including 1.4 million living in camps. However, the recent displacements mean that the total number of people receiving assistance in Darfur is expected to climb above 2. 9 million, according to UN figures.
Renewed conflicts between South Sudanese forces and insurgents as well as tribal clashes have forced thousands of families to seek refuge in locations that are currently inaccessible due to a combination of insecurity and roads made impassable by heavy rains.
Heavy fighting has been reported since early this year between the rebel alliance and the Sudanese army supported by militias in Darfur.