Posted by: africanpressorganization | 26 March 2009

Sudan / Two internally displaced persons died



Sudan / Two internally displaced persons died


EL FASHER (DARFUR), Sudan, March 26, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the office of the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general


Two internally displaced persons died today after a fire broke out at the Abu Zar camp near the West Darfur state capital of El Geneina, according to the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID).


A joint team of UNAMID military and police personnel that was dispatched to the camp to investigate the fire’s cause was informed by residents that two armed men in military uniform and two others in civilian clothes were seen entering the camp, starting a fire sometime after midnight, and then fleeing.


One woman died at the scene and a 22-year-old man died later after being taken to hospital.  Three other seriously injured displaced persons are receiving medical treatment at El Geneina hospital.  The blaze spread relatively quickly because of strong winds at the camp, and as many as 1,500 residents were affected by the fire.


Senior UNAMID military and police officials expressed their deep concern to the displaced persons at Abu Zar following the incident.  In general, however, the Mission reports that the security situation in Darfur remained relatively calm.



SOURCE : United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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