World Vision to resume limited operations in South Darfur

UPDATE: Ten days after two staff members were killed by a grenade explosion near the organization’s office, World Vision restored limited operations in displacement camps in South Darfur, Sudan.

By Brenda Asiko, World Vision in Sudan
Updated July 14, 2013 at 01:15am PDT

World Vision resumed limited operations July 14 in South Darfur, Sudan, 10 days after two staff workers were killed by an errant grenade during violent clashes near the organization’s compound in Nyala, the state capital.

“We have been monitoring the security situation in Nyala with government, U.N. agencies, and other organizations, and believe that there will be no renewed hostilities between the rival armed groups,” says Simon Nyabwengi, World Vision’s national director for Sudan.

Employees will return to four camps for internally displaced people (IDP) to help with food and water distribution and provision of health services in camp clinics. These are critical, life-saving services for children and families in desperate conditions, Simon affirms.

Staff managing the limited operations will be hosted by the U.N. offices, which are located away from Nyala’s Al Matar section, where the organization’s compound is located.

No final decision has been made whether to fully re-open the compound or to relocate World Vision’s offices in the region. 

World Vision’s work in Darfur benefits 1.5 million people with support for education, health and nutrition, agriculture, child protection, and women’s development.

The organization also works in Khartoum and Blue Nile states.

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For more information, read this article about the recent death of two World Vision staff members.

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