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Darfur: Insecurity Threatens Lives and Aid Delivery
Fourteen U.N. agencies operating in Darfur, Sudan, said in a statement this week that violence and military attacks have escalated dramatically in the war-torn region. In the joint statement [PDF], the agencies said, “In the face of growing insecurity and danger to communities and aid workers, the UN and its humanitarian partners have effectively been holding the line for the survival and protection of millions. That line cannot be held much longer.” If the insecurity continues, the agencies said, “The humanitarian community cannot indefinitely assure the survival of the population in Darfur.”
In a Dec. 15, 2006 statement, the International Rescue Committee and other aid organizations expressed similar fears and said a cease fire was desperately needed.