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35 children still die every day. We know that women are still raped. We strongly condemn those responsible for these serious crimes"
Rama Yade, France's secretary of state for human rights and foreign affairs
Last week, residents in Kalma camp outside Nyala, the capital of South Darfur, reported a series of raids by government-backed militias.
The African Union, which has 7,000 peacekeepers in the region, later confirmed that the camp had been attacked and several people killed.
The state-controlled Sudanese Media Centre on Sunday reported that 10 per cent of Kalma's population had fled since the violence, which it blamed on clashes between tribal groups in the settlement.
Khartoum denies arming militias or tribal factions in the region but has previously raided camps searching for rebel fighters.
International experts say that about 200,000 people have been killed during the last four years, while more than 2.5 million have been driven from their homes to seek refuge in camps such as Kalma and Hamidiya.
Khartoum says the figures have been exaggerated by the media and campaign groups.'Immense suffering'
Yade said she had delivered a letter from Nicolas Sarkozy, France's president, to Omar Hassan al-Bashir, his Sudanese counterpart, setting out his concerns.
"There is still immense suffering," she said.