Demos in Sudan’s Darfur ahead of donors’ meet

Sudanese women from Jebel Saiey in North Darfur carry cans of water at a camp for displaced people, on March 19, 2013.  By Albert Gonzalez Farran (UNAMID/AFP/File)

Sudanese women from Jebel Saiey in North Darfur carry cans of water at a camp for displaced people, on March 19, 2013. By Albert Gonzalez Farran (UNAMID/AFP/File)






KHARTOUM (AFP) – Demonstrations have taken place across Sudan’s troubled Darfur region against an international donors’ conference which begins on Sunday in the Gulf state of Qatar, a civil society activist said on Saturday.

Some of the 1.4 million people displaced by Darfur’s decade-long conflict protested on Friday at their camps near North Darfur’s state capital El Fasher, and in Kalma camp, South Darfur, said the activist, who asked not to be identified.

“They demonstrated because there is no security on the ground,” the activist added, without saying how many people took part in the protests.

Protesters voiced objection to the Doha conference where about 400 delegates, including representatives of aid agencies and governments from around the world, aim to woo support for a Darfur “recovery” strategy worth billions of dollars.

“What are they going do with this money when there is no security?” the activist asked.

Protests also occurred in North Darfur’s Kebkabiya, the Central Darfur capital Zalingei, and Nertiti town in the Jebel Marra region, the activist added.


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