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[Sudan] UNICEF Provides Water to.. 040525

2004.06.15
UNICEF Provides Water to Thousands in Parched Darfur Region Geneva /Khartoum /New York, 25 May 2004 ?UNICEF said today that despite having doubled the numbers of people in recent weeks who have access to clean water in Darfur, hundreds of thousands of people are still excluded from access to safe wells and water points. In the few weeks since the end of April, the number of internally displaced people with access to safe drinking water has doubled to 300,000. But UNICEF believes that some 700,000 conflict-affected people still do not have access to safe water. The Darfur region is currently facing a ruinous humanitarian crisis, with more than one million people displaced from their homes and numbers rising daily. Aid organizations are moving to assist the region뭩 displaced people before the rainy season begins in a few weeks when tens of thousands will be impossible to reach by vehicle. 밃ccess to clean water is of paramount importance,?said JoAnna van Gerpen, UNICEF Representative in Khartoum. 밯hile every effort we make in health, nutrition and protection is a building block in saving the lives of countless children, clean water goes to the heart of a child뭩 good health in a crisis.? UNICEF has worked closely with the Sudanese National Water Corporation to rehabilitate and install new hand pumps throughout North, South and West Darfur. Almost 190 new pumps have been installed and 320 existing pumps repaired in IDP camps and towns that have absorbed large numbers of displaced families. Suleiman Arabi, who leads the water rehabilitation project for the National Water Corporation, says that his drilling teams have taken advantage of ceasefire periods, and are working around the clock. Teams of health educators and social workers work in the camps at the same time to maximise sanitation around water points, and reduce the spread of disease. Working at full capacity, the old rigs in use in Darfur can drill 100 boreholes at most each year. Already, they have drilled 80 boreholes in North Darfur, 60 in South Darfur and 47 in West Darfur. To meet the full needs, Arabi estimated that each rig should drill 300 boreholes a year. 밯e hope these old rigs hold up a while longer,?said UNICEF뭩 van Gerpen. 밯e have one new rig coming in and are exploring options in the private sector and with other agencies.? In a barren region with one of the lowest levels of access to water, this campaign is benefiting host communities as well as the displaced. Many people in the communities that have absorbed thousands of the displaced are coming to the camps for the fresh water supply. For many, the new and rehabilitated pumps have reduced the traditional five hour journey for water for a woman to less than half of that. In addition to the handpumps, UNICEF and the National Water Corporation have provided four rubber water tanks for the sprawling Mornei camp in West Darfur, ensuring water supply for about 12,000 people. These are in addition to 50 community water tanks provided in March-April for 24,000 people. Two water yards ?larger systems that roughly equal the output of 15 handpumps -- have been installed in the Ardamata camp in West Darfur. Three more are now operational in the Abou Shouk camp and one in Kutum camp in North Darfur. The National Water Corporation and UNICEF are the only agencies working to provide water, though Oxfam and other agencies are involved in the closely related area of sanitation. The second component of the water and hygiene campaign is provision of latrines. With Oxfam, UNICEF has supported the construction of 1,579 latrines and Oxfam has constructed 1,500 communal latrines in Abou Shouk camp just north of El Fasher. The third part of UNICEF뭩 support is providing water containers ?called jerry cans ? soap, mugs and buckets. As of mid-May, 24,000 families in North and South Darfur had received a package with these supplies but far more is needed. "The need for more resources is clear,?noted van Gerpen. 밫o provide water and sanitation to another 600,000 people, UNICEF has appealed for US$ 3.8 million between May and December. We are a long way from meeting the total need.? * * *
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