A resurgence of fighting in Sudan’s western Darfur region has driven 300,000 people from their homes so far this year, U.N. humanitarian aid Chief Valerie Amos said on Thursday.
She was speaking during a trip to a camp for displaced people outside the North Darfur state capital of El Fasher.
“The United Nations estimates at 300,000 people the number of people who have fled fighting in Darfur in the first five months of the year,” Amos said, according to an Arabic translation of her remarks.
She described the figure as “very worrying”, noting that it exceeded that for the past two years.
In April, the United Nations said 50,000 people from southwestern Darfur had fled to neighboring Chad because of fighting between two feuding Arab tribes -- the Misseriya and Salamat.
A total of 1.4 million people were already living in camps in Darfur after fleeing their homes during the uprising that broke out in 2003 against the Arab-dominated regime in Khartoum.
While the worst of the violence has long passed, rebel-government battles continue along with tribal disputes, inter-Arab fighting, kidnappings, carjacking’s and other violence.
U.N. says 300,000 displaced in Sudan’s Darfur in 5 months