About a million of Darfur's residents are now displaced

Global aid organisations have launched urgent appeals for donations to help people fleeing from fighting between rebel groups and government militias in western Sudan.

Aid agencies believe one million people have been forced to flee thier homes.

Many are camped along the border with Chad, where food and water are in short supply and they are still vulnerable to attacks.

The area is remote, and aid agencies fear that rain will soon make roads impassable.

The United Nations World Food Programme - www.wfp.org - is seeking $200 million to feed refugees in the area.

"The situation in Darfur is becoming more critical every day; the worst is still to come," said WFP Country Director for Sudan, Ramiro Lopes da Silva in a statement.

Medecins Sans Frontieres - www.msf.org - is working to combat malaria and malnutrition in west Darfur.

Oxfam - www.oxfam.org.uk - is providing clean water supplies and sanitation to the refugee camps where one Oxfam worker described "80 families living together in one compound without any shelter and only one latrine."

Islamic Relief - www.islamic-relief.com - has also launched an appeal and food has already been distributed to around 18,000 people.

The United Nations Childens Fund, Unicef - www.unicef.org - is seeking to vaccinate children against disease in the refugee camps. It has appealed for $46m.

Save the Children - www.savethechildren.org - has already distributed plastic sheeting and water storage cans in the area.

Anti-poverty organisation Care International - www.care.org - is working in Chad to help alleviate conditions for refugees who have crossed the border.

Cafod, the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development - www.cafod.org.uk/sudanappeal - is working with partners in Southern Darfur to provide clean water, shelter, supplementary feeding in camps for the displaced.

UK residents can donate via the British Red Cross - www.redcross.org.uk - who have launched an appeal for food an blankets for the region.

You can donate to all the campaigns via their websites.

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