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YIDA CAMP - 30 Mar 2014

Fire kills two children in Nuba refugee camp

Two children were killed by a fire outbreak last Wednesday in Yida camp, which accomodates tens of thousands of refugees from the Nuba Mountains of Sudan.

Eyewitnesses told Radio Tamazuj that the incident took place in a house at block 1 after the mother of the house went out to fetch water in the neighbourhood and left her children inside.

The victims were identified as Challo Zachariah Abeni, 3 months and Nani Zachariah Abeni 2 years old. They noted the neighbours were unable to rescue the two children and contain the fire due to the absence of modern fire-fighting equipment.

In a related development on Thursday, an extensive fire also gutted 10 houses and destroyed property at block six in Yida camp. The fire consumed big quantities of food items provided recently by the organizations and burned cards for food rations to ashes.

Several South Kordofan refugees expressed concern about the repeated incidents of fire in the camp. Traditional leaders have called on parents to be watchful of children.

File photo: A fire in Yida camp, 13 March 2014 (Radio Tamazuj)