Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Donkey Ambulance in Darfur

MUKJAR, Sudan, October 29 (UNHCR) – In Albania, it is dubbed a "Balkan moped," in the United States it is often kept as a beloved pet, but in Sudan's Mukjar Refugee Camp the donkey can be the difference between life and death.

To date, sick people in need of transportation to the nearest clinic have had to endure an uncomfortable ride atop a camel or on the back of an open horse-drawn cart, exposed to the searing heat of the sun.

But the UN refugee agency has stepped in by donating a covered wagon, with padding inside, and a donkey to pull the "ambulance." It's not the height of comfort but has been welcomed by the 750 refugees from Chad and the Central African Republic who reside in Mukjar, West Darfur. Read More.