According to a survey conducted by OCHA (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) heavy rains destroyed 303 homes at the Hamedia camp near Zalingei, Central Darfur, in August. The Sheikh of Hamedia camp added that cases of malaria are quickly increasing due to the large amount of mosquitoes in the camp.
The Sheikh stated that the situation of families whose homes were destroyed by the rains is critical and that heavy rains caused much health deterioration among Hamedia's residents.
The camp's Sheikh added that mosquitoes that transmit malaria are spreading due to the stagnant waters. He stressed that local health centers are receiving tens of malaria patients on a daily basis.
The Sheikh appealed to NGOs, the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization to immediately intervene by spraying insecticides around the camp.
Besides the health problems in Hamedia, the Sheikh also informed Radio Dabanga about the continuous random shootings at night time around the camp. He said the most recent shooting took place last Saturday night, 8 September. The Sheikh added that although nobody got hurt, residents are currently living in panic.
He accused the government of being behind the random blasts in order to generate fear and instability to dismantle the camp, considered no longer necessary by them. The Sheikh appealed that UNAMID runs intensive patrols around the area, from nights to mornings, in coordination with camp's coordinators.