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UN Envoy Pledges to Lobby for More Darfur Aid


Displaced persons such as these from East Darfur, who are at a camp in western Sudan, would benefit from increased aid called for by UN official Valerie Amos.
A top U.N. official pledged Wednesday to lobby for more funding for humanitarian operations in Darfur after visiting the largest camp for internally displaced persons (IDP) in North Darfur.

Valerie Amos, the U.N.'s top relief official, visited the Zam Zam camp in North Darfur. The camp is short of food and water.

Darfur has seen an increase of 300,000 IDPs since the start of the year.

According to the U.N. website, Amos stressed that “we cannot let Darfur slip off the radar screen of the international community.”

The U.N. website quotes her as telling reporters later in the day in Khartoum that “whether it is Darfur, South Kordofan or Blue Nile, what is needed above all else is for the fighting to stop and for the conflicts to be resolved by peaceful means.”

The visit by Amos comes after 10 years of conflict in Darfur, where some 1.4 million people have been displaced.

The UN envoy's four-day visit to Sudan is due to wrap up on Thursday.

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