FATA BORNO — Harian Abdullah was on her way to the wadi about a half a mile from Fata Borno camp for displaced people in Darfur. “Like all the women here, I have to go to collect firewood so we can cook and have light in the camp. I walk there most days to get some fuel. Two days ago, I was on my way down to the trees”, she says, pointing towards a green oasis about half-way between her shelter and the nearby clinic where GOAL provides healthcare and nutrition services to the camp-dwellers. “It was not yet dark. I saw five men moving out from near the trees. I stopped for one moment as I did not recognise them. They were about 500 meters away. I turned and ran back. They ran as well, but stopped soon afterward once I got close to the camp.”
KASSAB, Sudan — On Saturday morning at Kassab camp, outside Kutum town in northern Darfur, more than 50 patients awaited treatment at a GOAL clinic. The facility is one of two provided by the Irish NGO to service a camp where 18,000 IDPs have been resident, most for at least two years, some for three. Seven boys aged between 12 and 15 sat waiting for treatment for conditions varying from football injuries to stomach pains and fever symptoms. Mohammed, 15, thought he just had a cold. While waiting to see the doctor he said that he does not always have enough food and feels weaker than he did when he was living in his village. It is 32 degrees celsius, sat beneath a tree in the yard, shaded from the sub-Saharan sun. “Sometimes people come here at night, sometimes they steal things, sometimes they kill people. Just two weeks ago, a shooting took place near my shelter. Janjaweed came into the camp and did it,” he said.