Photo: Avril Benoît, MSF
Photo: Avril Benoît, MSF | Kalma IDP camp

At least 65 people were wounded in shooting early this morning in Kalma Camp in Darfur, Sudan. They were admitted to a clinic run by Médecins Sans Frontières. Kalma Camp is home to more than 90,000 people, and is one of the largest camps for displaced people in Darfur. MSF is currently evacuating 47 patients from the clinic to a hospital in Nyala, about 17 km away. More than half of the patients admitted to the clinic are women and children. Today’s shooting follows weeks of increasing tension in and around Kalma Camp. In recent weeks, around 6,000 families have been displaced by flooding. There has also been a shortage of clean drinking water due to a lack of fuel to run the pumps. MSF has worked in Kalma Camp since May 2004. Staff run an outpatient department and a women's health centre. A mental health program addresses the profound psychosocial stress and trauma experienced by the population. The MSF team also responds to the emergency needs of new arrivals as needed.

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