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INTER-AGENCY ASSESSMENT REPORT: Tawila Villages, Tawila Locality, North Darfur State 2-9 September 2015


To assess the humanitarian needs of approx. 8,000 returnees reportedly returned from Tawila IDP camps to Mertal (an area composed of various village councils including Gosdor and Timoa) and Katur

Key findings: 

- The school in Katur was destroyed during the attack on the area in early 2015. The classrooms need rehabilitation with roofing and fixing of windows and doors.
- Based on observations during the visit, it was confirmed by some people in both Katur and Gosdor that the return process is voluntary and related to seasonal activities (cultivation).
- GoS sources on ground estimate the total population of the area at around 5,000 persons, not 29,000 as reported by community leaders
- ICRC has distributed assistance to 1,632households from three villages of Katur.
- The only health unit in Katur has been completely destroyed.
- IDPs spontaneously returned to Katur to cultivate their land but due insecurity they could not farm.
- In Katur, the community relies on two hand dug shallow wells as main sources for water for both humans and animals.

Assessment Report: 
Publicly Available
Assessment Data: 
Not Available
Assessment Date(s): 
02 Sep 2015 to 09 Sep 2015

Level of Representation

Governorate / State / Regional
Report completed
Population Type(s): 
Leading/Coordinating Organization(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Participating Organization(s): 
International Organization for Migration
United Nations African Mission In Darfur
United Nations Children's Fund
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
World Food Programme
World Health Organization