Sudan

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In Sudan 5.8 million people, like this family, need humanitarian assistance.
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Latest Sudan Fact Sheet

 

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Key Developments

Improved humanitarian access in Jebel Marra—a mountainous region that encompasses parts of Central Darfur, North Darfur, and South Darfur states—in recent months has enabled relief actors to identify critical humanitarian needs, including concerning levels of acute malnutrition and child mortality.

As of July 7, health actors had recorded more than 23,200 cases of acute watery diarrhea since August 2016, according to the UN World Health Organization and the Government of Sudan Ministry of Health.

Since late May, USAID has provided nearly $35 million in additional humanitarian assistance—including nearly $20 million from USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance and $15 million from USAID’s Office of Food for Peace—for the Sudan response, bringing total U.S. government humanitarian assistance in FY 2017 to more than $175 million.

Background

Sudan continues to cope with the effects of conflict, economic shocks, and perennial environmental hazards, such as drought and flooding, while insecurity, access restrictions, and bureaucratic impediments limit the ability of relief agencies to respond effectively to humanitarian and recovery needs.

Since 2003, the complex emergency in the Darfur region of western Sudan has affected more than 4.7 million people, including more than 1.4 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) who remain in camps, according to the U.N. An upsurge in conflict among the Sudanese Armed Forces, armed opposition groups, militias, and ethnic groups displaced more people—both internally and as refugees to neighboring countries—in the first six months of 2013 than in 2011 and 2012 combined.

In Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states, Sudan’s “Two Areas,” fighting that began in mid-2011 between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North continues. The conflict has severely affected or displaced more than 1.1 million people within the Two Areas and caused more than 234,000 people to flee to neighboring countries, mostly South Sudan, according to the U.N.

The United States has declared disasters in Sudan due to complex emergency each year since 1987. As the largest international donor of humanitarian aid in Sudan, the United States continues to provide impartial, needs-based assistance to all accessible areas and populations, including displaced and otherwise conflict-affected people, individuals living in IDP camps, local communities hosting IDPs, and formerly-displaced returnees.

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    Last updated: August 23, 2017

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