Sudan: Between Hope and Fear - Current Reports

by David Broska, MBA, SRI,  2008/03/07

It is definitely a sign of hope, what camp-manager David Broska reported to us from Sudan: in mid-February both the Gimir and Falata tribes signed a deal, signaling that the end of the continual unrest between the two groups is in the near future. But whether or not this contract will actually lead the way to a more peaceful future still remains to be seen.

One of the center points of the flow of regufees in Darfuf is Nyala. Graphic: humedica

There are still countless trouble areas, and the number of people seeking help still grows, also in the partially humedica-supported refugee camp Al Salaam. The people have nothing which ties them to their villages, or which makes them want to return. Too much has happened; too many physical and mental wounds have not yet healed. In addition, the long-awaited rains ended much sooner than normal this year. The seeds didn’t receive the water they needed in order to grow. The possibility of a famine now threatens many people – and the next harvest won’t come until November.

The report from David Broska is unmistakably clear: the situation in the refugee camp is intensifying. It’s been months since the camp has been able to fully-support the ever-growing number of refugees living there. In short, the refugee camp Al Salaam has reached its limit.

David Broska has been in service for humedica since October. His job is to coordinate the cooperation between the many different relief organizations in the camp. In addition, he serves as the spokesman for several of the tribes, relaying their needs to the organizations.

The number of people in the refugee camp needing help grows daily. Photo: humedica

Discussions which are extremely important during these difficult days. What’s going on with the people in the refugee camp? How can one help them and what measures must be taken so that they can return back to their villages?

It appears, though, that the reasons keeping them from returning haven’t changed: hunger and drought show the economic distress. In addition, the continual political instability keeps the general condition from improving.

That the tribes Gimir and Falata have signed an agreement is a small step towards security. It’s a step which makes the planning of future relief easier.

In order to relieve the tensions in the refugee camp, humedica would like to help the people in Sudan by giving them new courage and the ability to build a new life in their villages. David Broska, together with a team from humedica, got together and worked on a concept to figure out just what this form of help should be. Their goal is to give the people living outside of the refugee camp continual support with medicine and foodstuffs. The supply situation of the people in the rural areas of the Nyala region is critical. The village Katila, located south of Nyala, receives a delivery of medicine once a week. The need of the people there is so great, that these supplies are used up usually within three days. The area around KhorShamam also has a shortage of medical help. There is only one hospital in the region, but construction on it hasn’t yet been completed.

These general conditions also significantly influence the further help from humedica: alongside the possible return of the refugees to their villages, ample medical and food supplies must also be available.

If you would like to help support humedica's work in Darfur, every form of support is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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