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Conflict in Darfur threatens humanitarian assistance in Sudan: WFP

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Violence in Sudan's Darfur region is threatening the ability of humanitarian organizations to assist the people in need and putting at risk long-term food security, a UN spokesperson said here on Tuesday. The World Food Program (WFP) says that the escalation in the decade-long conflict in Darfur has created the largest wave of population displacement that the region has seen in recent years and is straining its ability to feed vulnerable families, said Martin Nesirky, spokesperson for UN Secretary-general Ban Ki- moon, at a daily briefing. According to a news release by the agency, the renewed violence since the beginning of the year has prompted more than 250,000 people to flee their villages and abandon their livelihoods, and the inter-tribal clashes have strained WFP's ability to feed vulnerable families.