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Aid begins to reaches Sudanese


Caritas Australia's partners in Sudan are leading a massive aid operation, which is underway in Darfur to help over a million people in the region who have been driven from their homes by rebel groups.

Independent Catholic News reports that the appeal of the British Caritas agency CAFOD is part of a joint appeal by Caritas Internationalis and ACT (Action by Churches Together) known as ACDE (ACT/Caritas Darfur Emergency Response). The money raised will be used to provide shelter, water, sanitation and basic sleeping and kitchen materials to half million homeless people.

One planeload of aid has already been sent by ACDER and a second plane is due to leave at the weekend. The operation has set up a base in Nyala in the south of Darfur to distribute the aid.

Work is already underway with two truck loads of blankets, clothing and soap being distributed to families in Zalingi in Western Darfur by staff and volunteers. The town is home to 70,000 people who have been driven from their homes by the conflict. Half of them are crammed into school compounds and public buildings in the town; others are in camps on the outskirts of the town while others are waiting for new camps to be set up.

Many of the people in the camps are badly traumatised by being raped and injured in attacks by the rebels who drove them from their homes.

Caritas Australia is encouraging Australian media outlets to give space to the crisis. It is promoting an interview opportunity with British aid worker Fiona Callister.

A Caritas Australia media release last week said the organisation is looking for urgent support from donors "to help more than half of the 1.2 million Sudanese people who have fled Darfur due to violent assaults by Arab militia on African tribes in Sudan".

The Australian number for donations to the Caritas appeal is 1800 024 413. The link for online donations is: http://www.caritas.org.au/howtohelp/donate_online.htm


SOURCE
Aid begins to reaches Sudanese (Independent Catholic News 2/7/04)

LINKS
Interview opportunity with aid worker in Sudan (Caritas Australia 1/7/04)
CAFOD aid reaches Sudan (Reuters AlertNet 2/7/04)
DARFUR: REBELS ABANDON TALKS IN CHAD, ANNAN WARNS OF RISK OF FURTHER REFUGEES (Missionary Service News Agency 2/7/04)
Darfur Crisis: UN High Commission for Refugees continues to assist 100,000 Sudanese refugees in Chad (Fides 2/7/04)
Refugee crisis in Sudan (Caritas Aotearoa NZ)
Darfur bloodshed tests African Union's peace plans (ABC 4/7/04)
No blinking on Darfur (Christian Science Monitor 2/7/04)
Sudan pledges to disarm militias (BBC 3/7/04)
Chronology: Major events in Sudan's Darfur crisis (China View 2/7/04)
UK 'must do more to help Sudan' (BBC 2/7/04)
Darfur's inescapable horror (KRT/FortWayne.com 2/7/04)
U.S. and UN have dwindling time to act in Sudan (Houston Chronicle 1/7/04)
SUDAN PEACE IS FRAUD, SAYS BISHOP (Aid to the Church in Need 23/6/04)


5 Jul 2004