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Chad: Sudanese Refugees in Birak Region Under Threat
February 23, 2008
Stuck in a highly volatile security context, Sudanese refugees who have recently arrived just over the border in
Following recent bombings and attacks on the area of Seleia, in West Darfur, several thousand people sought refuge in the Birak area of neighboring
Many who managed to cross the border are traumatized. Families have become separated and have no news of those who were left behind in
In Birak, MSF and a few other organizations have provided the most urgent assistance, ensuring medical care and distributing food and relief items, such as plastic sheeting, jerry cans, soap, and blankets. During the last week, however, teams had to be evacuated due to insecurity. If refugees do not receive basic assistance in the coming weeks, their situation could worsen rapidly.
In Eastern Chad, MSF provides primary and secondary health care, psychosocial care, water and sanitation to Sudanese refugees and to Chadian either displaced or resident in Abeche, Adre, Farchana, Goz Beida, Dogdoré, Guereda, Iriba and Am Timam. From Guereda, our teams supports four neighboring health centers including the one in Birak.