February 7, 2011: Renewed fighting in North Darfur state during the last two months, between government and opposition groups, has forced thousands of families to flee from their villages, says the international medical humanitarian organization, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). MSF teams are now providing medical humanitarian assistance to the newly displaced people who are living in precarious conditions in several camps in Shangil Tobaya, Dar Alsalam, and Tabit.
"People fled suddenly and arrived with nothing but their clothes. Initially they set up makeshift shelters made out of their clothes and grass, to help protect them from the cold nights. MSF is providing plastic sheeting, blankets, mats, soap and jerry cans that will help people cope with their most basic needs", explains Cristina Falconi, MSF head of mission in Sudan. ÒNow that all the attention is focused on southern SudanÕs referendum, we shouldn't forget that there are pressing medical needs in Darfur."