6 December 2010. Nyala: After months of preparations, 1,500 residents of Kalma camp (in Nyala, South Darfur) for internally displaced persons (IDPs) began to return to their homes of origin in West Darfur. This is the first government owned operation with the assistance of UN Agencies in the area. The IDPs will return to Tandusa, Andi, Gido, Sullu and Urum villages in West Darfur located about 90 and 150 kilometers south of El Geneina town. United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) distributed non food items including blankets, jerricans and sleeping mats to each household to use on the journey. The World Health Organization (WHO) in coordination with the Ministry of Health conducted medical screening to all residents scheduled to travel to check their fitness level. The first 84 IDPs left Nyala for Tandusa village on Sunday 5 December and on Tuesday 7 December 350 Individuals more departed for Andi and Gido villages. The exercise is expected to conclude on Sunday 12 December. Photo by Albert Gonzalez Farran / UNAMID

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