International Rescue Committee teams in Chad are trucking emergency water supplies into the country’s Tissi region to aid thousands of refugees who fled there in recent months to escape worsening violence in Darfur, Sudan.
Amira Idriss, a 35-year-old mother of eight who has lived in the Oure Cassoni refugee camp since 2004, would love to return to Darfur. “If there is peace and everything is okay, then yes, we will go back, but not now,” she says.
A decade after the start of the Darfur conflict in Sudan, some 300,000 refugees remain in camps across the border in eastern Chad, reluctant to return home because of ongoing insecurity, loss of property and fear of oppression.
In 2004, the IRC’s Peter Biro traveled to the isolated border town of Bahai – the IRC’s relief hub in Chad – and found a growing humanitarian crisis as refugees streamed across the border from Darfur. These photos chronicle that visit.
During ten years of conflict in Darfur, Sudan, it is estimated that 300,000 people have died and some 2.7 million have been displaced. Although the worst violence has declined since the conflict’s peak years of 2003 to 2005, fighting still flares up and several rounds of peace talks between rebels and the Sudanese government have failed. Even as some displaced people have returned to their villages, militia raids, aerial bombardment and tribal fighting have driven an estimated 100,000 more people from their homes in the last year, according to the United Nations.
Submitted by Kate Sands Adams on February 28, 2013 - 4:35pm
A decade after the start of the Darfur conflict in Sudan, over 1.4 million people still live in camps. Some 300,000 remain in camps across the border in eastern Chad, reluctant to return home because of ongoing insecurity, loss of property and fear of oppression. These refugees remain dependent on humanitarian aid for survival — but as the world's attention gradually fades, thousands more Darfuris are fleeing new violence.