Sudan blocks aid to Darfur refugee camp

August 6, 2010 (Khartoum) — The Sudanese government has denied aid agencies access to one of Darfur refugee camps, prompting the United Nations (UN) to negotiate with the government.

Violence broke out late last week in Kalma refugee camp over differences in Doha peace talk.

“Talks were under way to persuade authorities to allow the agencies to go in and distribute aid. All we can do is keep talking to authorities," the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs spokesman Samuel Hendricks told the Associated Press.

The OCHA official said Kalma incident resulted in five deaths and thousands fled their homes.

“UNAMID forces continue to conduct intensified patrols in Kalma Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in South Darfur, where the situation remains tense following violence over the weekend”, UNAMID said in a statement released on its website.

The relationship between Khartoum and the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has been marred by back and forth accusations, with Khartoum accusing the UNAMID of creating a “state within a state”.

At least 300, 000 conflict-related deaths and 2.7 million displaced, according to United Nations (UN) estimate.

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