Despite the fact that, according to the United Nations, 150,000 residents have been displaced by the flooding and tens to dozens of people have drowned or died from collapsing houses, lightening and electrocution, the Sudanese government has continued its intensive restrictions on NGOs in the country.It often takes a week to register international aid groups, for example, even in times of severe crisis—causing a grave shortage of help to the devastated areas.
During the first few days, she says, calls were being directed to Nafeer, which has been working on the ground to provide basic needs to people impacted.This includes shelter (linoleum covers), food (wheat, sugar, milk and prepared food) drinkable water and medical aid.They then sleep until midday, mooch around for a few hours until night falls before making their way once more to the port.For many it’s been months of this and you can see the hope dying in their eyes. The limbo that they are living in is a sprawling area of filthy wasteland on which stands a makeshift camp known as The Jungle.As of right now, though there is much anger over of soaring food prices and government corruption, police tend to break up protests before they spread.
At this point—over two weeks since the flooding started—a few international NGO's are just getting to the ground.
The difference here is that in about an hour one of us will head off to the port and risk his life trying to stowaway on a lorry bound for Folkestone. He reminds me of my Italian friends from school – quiet, intelligent, interesting to talk to. Repeated attempts to get across to the UK have proved unsuccessful and time is running out.
He’s explaining how smuggling works: a third party back in Syria holds the money. The following evening we hear that a 16-year-old Sudanese kid, just a couple of days arrived in Calais, has been hit and killed by a lorry on one of the roads around the port.
According to Khairy, as of late last week, no NGO had officially been able to start working in the flood zone, though the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs began making moves to provide aid as of Monday.
Meanwhile, she says, during the first wave of major flooding, government officials appeared on TV to blame the citizens of Khartoum for building houses in the flooded areas.
(Bashir currently has a warrant out for his arrest by the International Criminal Court for genocide committed in Darfur.