Residents of Kalma camp for the displaced near Nyala organised a sit-in last week in protest against the growing lack of food in the camp. The government of South Darfur has taken measures to secure voluntary return villages in the state.
In August 2017, the World Food Programme (WFP) launched a new policy for distributing food rations, which reportedly would meet lessthan 25 per cent of the displaced people’s needs.
“Since then, we are suffering from hunger,” Yagoub Furi, chairman of the Darfur Displaced General Coordination, told Radio Dabanga.
“The number of residents of Kalma camp is about 200,000 people, of which 163,000 used to receive monthly food rations,” he explained. “After the re-inventory of the WFP, the number of eligible camp residents was reduced to 39,551.”
Furi warned for increased hunger. “With the continuously increasing prices of basic commodities, the unemployment, and failure of many farmers to safely cultivate their farms, many people in the camp are heading towards starvation”.