|UNICEF’s Cecilio Adorna on CNN|
NEW YORK, 13 August 2004 - UNICEF’s Cecilio Adorna has just returned from Sudan where he spent two months leading UNICEF’s work in the Darfur region.
In an interview with CNN’s Paula Zhan, he described the heartbreak of watching women and children scrabble to collect every last grain after emergency supplies of food were dropped from the air.
He told CNN that although he saw some progress, such as more schools and improved sanitation and water supplies, the international community needs to do much more. He stated that security remained the most pressing issue, and that many people were still too frightened to return to their homes.
“The situation needs a political solution very soon,” he said. “Humanitarian crises are addressed by many of us working on the ground, but it’s not a permanent solution.”