Development and Peace has been responding to the long and complex emergency situation in Sudan for over 25 years.
In 2003, when tensions in Darfur turned into conflict, the local population faced a dire humanitarian situation. This led to concerted action between humanitarian groups, including an ecumenical coalition between Caritas Internationalis and ACT (Action by Churches) to form the ACT-Caritas Darfur Emergency Response, one of the largest humanitarian aid efforts in the region.
Development and Peace actively supports programs and activities organized by this coalition, as well as those of other partners, such as Caritas Chad, who are addressing the urgent needs of refugees and host communities in Chad, and the needs of millions who are vulnerable in Darfur.
The crisis in Southern Sudan is also a priority for Development and Peace, and we are supporting several initiatives to bring humanitarian aid to those affected by violence and food insecurity.
Development and Peace’s actions in Sudan include:
- Support to the Act-Caritas Darfur Emergency Response, which has helped repair 24 clinics and hospitals, establish 170 water distribution points and provide medical assistance, food aid, basic necessities, as well as education programs, psychological counselling and peace building activities to 300,000 people in South and West Darfur.
- Responding to the specific needs of children by supporting a large school-building and renovation program and collaborating on a program with Terre des Hommes that provided psychosocial services to children dealing with trauma from the conflict;
- Helping almost 500,000 people in Darfur between 2005 and 2007 by distributing tents and basic necessities, and providing sanitation and health services;
- Since 2010, Development and Peace has been supporting four health clinics and five nutrition centres in South and West Darfur, thanks to a partnership with CIDA. The clinics provide medical consultations, pre- and post-natal check-ups, nutrition and health workshops, and treatment for malnutrition. It is estimated that 180,500 people will benefit from the services offered.
- In partnership with SUDANAID, Development and Peace is contributing to the distribution of food kits, shelter and other basic necessities in Western Equatoria and supporting programs to address severe food insecurity in Eastern Equatoria.
The humanitarian crisis in Sudan continues to have dire repercussions on local populations, who have had to adapt to living under the constant threat of conflict. They are now striving to form new communities, to regain their livelihoods, to feed their families, and to find peace and dignity in such difficult circumstances. Development and Peace is committed to standing by them through this ongoing crisis, which must not be forgotten.