Sudan: Flash Replace No. 2 – Battle, Ag Geneina, West Darfur, January 20, 2021 [EN/AR] – Sudan

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IMPORTANT POINTS

  • At least 129 people were killed and 200 injured in Geneina, West Darfur. (Source: SUNA news agency)

  • Up to 50,000 displaced people in the city and 40,000 displaced people in two villages (source: Humanitarian Aid Commission)

  • The Federal Commission for Humanitarian Affairs has dispatched four trucks with relief supplies

  • Security forces who are authorized to use all forces necessary to restore law and order

  • There is a curfew across West Darfur, from which humanitarian organizations are exempt

  • According to HAC, food, water and health come first

SITUATION OVERVIEW

After clashes from January 15th to 17th, in which several groups attacked the city of Ag Geneina from different directions, calm returned on the afternoon of January 17th and January 18th. Gunfire was reported on the eastern edge of Ag Geneina last night. In the early morning some internally displaced persons – mostly women and children – were seen walking around the town of Ag Geneina.

HAC reported that around 40,000 people were displaced and sought refuge in the villages of AlSalam and Um Shijeira east of Ag Geneina. HAC previously reported that 50,000 Krinding newly displaced from the refugee camps and villages around Ag Geneina sought protection in Ag Geneina.

The governor of West Darfur said he expects more soldiers from the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Force from Khartoum to be deployed across the state over the next few weeks. The Chadian government has denied allegations that the perpetrators of the violence in West Darfur came from Chad. They also stated that the joint Sudanese and Chadian armed forces were deployed along the border to prevent illegal crossings.

A delegation from the German government arrived in Ag Geneina on January 18, which included a representative from the Attorney General, two legal advisers, the Governor of North Darfur, the Public Prosecutor of West Darfur and a rapporteur.

Answer and loopholes

The HAC distributed food, shelter and NFIs to support around 100 households, and the federal HAC has sent four trucks of relief supplies from Khartoum to Ag Geneina. Humanitarian agencies are also ready to assist the response if security conditions allow. The Sudan Humanitarian Fund has activated the Emergency Response Mechanism to expedite the response and could provide additional funding if necessary.

** Food security: ** The WFP can assist 50,000 people with the distribution of emergency food with 10,000 tons of food in warehouses in West Darfur and oil in Zalingei.

** Health: ** Two primary health centers operate with reduced capacity. The health authorities report that there is no shortage of medical care.

** Protection: ** The authorities are mobilizing additional security forces to restore law and order. On January 17, 3,500 people from West Darfur arrived in the Adre border area in Chad. UNHCR and the Chadian authorities are distributing NFIs, setting up hand washing stations and registering arrivals. Post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) kits are available in Geneina, but there is a shortage of dignity kits.

** Shelter / NFI: ** The sector plans to distribute NFIs to 1,500 households (approx. 7,500 people). Each household receives a 20 liter canister, sleeping mats and a medium-sized 1.5 x 2 m warm blanket, a kitchen set, plastic / tarpaulin sheets and a mosquito net. The sector advocates funding to fill significant gaps.

** WASH: ** The sector plans a response to meet the needs of 35,000 people at an estimated cost of $ 500,000.

Humanitarian presence

Shelter / NFI: UNHCR, SRCS, TGH, SCI, IOM, CONCERN World Wide

Food inspection: WFP, FAO, SRCS

TO WASH: WES, WR, UNICEF, PLRD

bless you: WHO, WR, IMC, SMoH / SD

Protection: UNHCR, UNICEF, UNFPA, War Child Canada

Education: UNICEF, SMoE

For more information, please contact OCHA Sudan: James Steel, Steel@un.org

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