DARFUR MORTALITY UPDATE
By: Jon Brunberg | posted: 3/16/2005 1:00:00 AM
Nw death toll figures have been estimated by the UN and other bodies regarding in the war in Sudan's Darfur region . Reuters reports that: "The United Nations now estimates that about 180 000 people have died in Sudan's western Darfur region as a result of violence, disease or malnutrition since October 2003 - two-and-a-half times the previous estimate. UN emergency relief officials believe the rate of death has recently decreased because of increased humanitarian aid and improved access to the vast region, but the Sudanese government hasn't given a green light for a new UN mortality survey, UN spokesperson Stephanie Bunker said on Tuesday./.../ The UN humanitarian chief estimated that the number of displaced people in Darfur could rise to between three million and four million, and he said those who remain on their land also need help because the conflict has paralysed farmers and cattle herders, and kept farmers from tilling their fields".
Reuters also reports: "Eric Reeves, an English professor at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, who has written extensively on Sudan, issued his 12th assessment of mortality in Darfur on Friday which was more than double Egeland's - approximately 380 000. Reeves estimated the current mortality rate at 15 000 deaths per month" Read Eric Reeves reports by following the link below. This is the link to the blog's first page. Search on Mrch 11 archives if you don't see it immideately.
DARFUR MORTALITY UPDATE: March 11, 2005