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Displaced people straining camp resources

EL FASHER, Sudan, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Despite promises of goodwill, violence in the South Darfur region of Sudan has forced more than 15,000 people to flee to a U.N. camp in North Darfur.

The ongoing conflict between the Sudanese government and the rebel Justice and Equality Movement in South Darfur has shown signs of encouragement with both sides signing a confidence-building agreement.

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Despite the agreement, the surge in violence has forced a large migration of internally displaced persons to flee north in the region to the United Nations' Zam Zam camp, the United Nations reported.

With more civilians traveling to Zam Zam every day since an outbreak in fighting in January, officials from the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs are voicing concern that water resources could be strained beyond their capacity.

"OCHA is concerned that with more people arriving each day, the large influx of internally displaced persons is putting a strain on the provision of water to camp residents," the release said.

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