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1.7 million people, like this Sudanese family, have been displaced by ongoing violence.
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Latest Sudan Fact Sheet

 

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Key Developments

The USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) projects that more than 4.4 million people in Sudan will face acute food insecurity through the end of the June-to-September lean season. However, the acutely food-insecure population is expected to decline significantly between October 2016 and January 2017 due to projected average harvests, reduced staple food prices, and increased income from labor and livestock sales.

From January to June, nearly 83,400 people fled from South Sudan to Sudan, primarily to Darfur Region, due to conflict, deteriorating economic conditions, and food insecurity.

Since late May, USAID has provided more than $79 million in additional humanitarian assistance—comprising approximately $55 million from USAID's Office of Food for Peace and $24 million from USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance—for the Sudan response, bringing total U.S. Government (USG) FY 2016 humanitarian assistance for Sudan to more than $231 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 01, 2016

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