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Hundreds of thousands of people have died and more than 8.5 million people are affected by the crisis, and there is no end in sight.

About the Humanitarian Crisis in Sudan

Darfur, the western region of Sudan, has been in a state of humanitarian crisis since 2003. The current conflict in Darfur is complex, caused by a host of political, social, economic and environmental problems.

Civilians have suffered greatly from the conflict. The result is a humanitarian crisis affecting millions of people, and there is no end in sight. As Sudan continues to face economic challenges and a shortage of hard currency, food prices were expected to further increase by as much as 200-250 percent during 2019.

Hundreds of thousands of people have died and more than 8.5 million people are affected by the crisis. Many people have been displaced from the violence, and have moved into camps in Sudan’s larger towns or have crossed the border into Chad or South Sudan where they live in refugee camps, straining local resources.

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Sudanese have been affected by the crisis.

How to Help Sudan: What CARE is Doing

A recent increase in displacement has caused a strain on ongoing humanitarian services across the Darfur region. CARE International Switzerland immediately increased its ongoing humanitarian response in several camps, helping provide basic needs, including food, water, shelter and sanitation facilities.

Currently, CARE International Switzerland runs programs mainly in East Darfur, South Darfur, South Kordofan, Kassala and Khartoum, providing relief services, helping people restore their livelihoods, and promoting peace and stability. CARE also helps refugees in neighboring Chad with the same kinds of programs and services.

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Major change swept through Sudan on April 11, following months of protests triggered by money and bread shortages.

Omar al-Bashir has ruled the country for the last 30 years, despite indictments for war crimes and genocide in Darfur. During the protests, he was overthrown by Sudanese citizens who were tired of living in a dictatorship. Military forces intervened, at first claiming that they’d allow civilian rule and reportedly making a plan allowing power to shift between civilians and the military.

Eventually, those talks devolved into disagreements between the two factions. On one side is the pro-democracy movement, led by the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), who want civilian rule and an extended transition period to prepare for voting ahead of new elections. The other side, Sudan’s military leaders, reportedly want voting to take place sooner rather than later — in nine months.

The civilians planned a strike against the military for not keeping its promises to form a more ideal transitional government. On June 3, a non-violent protest in Khartoum, Sudan’s capital, prompted the military, called Rapid Support Forces, to respond with catastrophic violence. According to the World Health Organization, troops killed at least 52 peaceful protestors and injured over 700 more. Varying civilian reports have put the death toll of the June 3 attacks at over 100, claiming that dozens of bodies have been dumped into the Nile River.

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As a way to prevent victims from reporting these incidents or to ask for help from the global community, the Sudanese military has shut down the internet nationwide. Various reports of atrocities committed by the military on civilians have already leaked, including violent rapes of women and men (so far, more than 70 cases have been reported by doctors), shooting into houses, burning and urinating on bodies, throwing them into the Nile River, and making people drink sewage water. Sudanese, New York-based beauty influencer known online as Had You At Salaam has posted numerous accounts of terrorism in her Instagram Stories and shared her own devastating account of a close friend’s recent murder by Rapid Support Forces after being missing for four days.

On June 5, the SPA released a press statement calling for “complete civil disobedience and open political strike” against the “extremism and terrorism” taking root in Sudan, as a means to prevent the eruption of the country into “total chaos.”

The statement reads in part: “In just two days, Khartoum and other cities in Sudan have witnessed a good sample of life under the rule of the coup council: mass murders and extrajudicial killings by the army, security forces and paramilitary militias allied with them; pillaging of innocent civilians and their properties; sharp increase of victims of rape, assault and violence; terrorizing and beating people openly in the streets without discretion; forcing striking workers to work under threats on their lives or firing them without any due process; and other signs of a collapsing, extremely fragile state that will not only be vulnerable internally but also subject to external manipulation and exploitation at the highest level.”

It continues: “Our country will be lost, and then regret and sorrow will not help. The risks that the coup council took, for the sake of usurping complete power, undermine national peace and would, eventually, affect regional and international peace.”

In light of the violence in Sudan, a new refugee crisis is forming as citizens attempt to escape from the country. George Clooney, who has worked in South Sudan relief efforts for years, recently wrote an essay in Politico putting pressure on American Congress to act to help the people of Sudan. Here is how you can help:

​Spread the word however possible online:

Only now are news organizations beginning to share about the current conflict engulfing Sudan in earnest. But you can make sure the word of what’s happening on the ground continues to get out, especially since the country’s internet has been cut.

Follow the account @sudanuprising.updates (and others like it) for firsthand information of what’s happening in Sudan. Even if you personally find the violent content triggering, it is important to spread these messages everywhere possible online. International visibility of a crisis is near impossible to ignore, and puts pressure on the lawmakers who can intervene.

​Put pressure on lawmakers to act:

Call your Congress representative by dialing 202-224-3121, and provide your zip code. When connected, tell them you support helping the people of Sudan. Send Clooney’s essay.

Use ResistBot: text Congress by sending the word RESIST to 50409, where you can then be connected to your elected officials and tell them to help the people of Sudan.

Sign this Change.org petition demanding that “The UN must investigate the 3rd of June human rights violations in Sudan by the Military.” Sign here

​Give to nonprofit organizations providing Sudanese children and families with resources:

This entire conflict emerged from a desire by Sudanese citizens to receive the food and cash they were in dire need of. Help the groups who are aiming to ensure Sudan gets some of those basic needs met.

UNICEF is working to help children displaced by the conflict. Donate here.

Save the Children has worked in Sudan since 1984. Donate here

The International Rescue Committee has had people on the ground in Sudan since 1989 to combat malnutrition and help displaced families with food, shelter, and necessary survival resources. Donate here.

It’s being called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Here’s how to help victims of mass violence in Sudan.

Since 2003, the massacre of African Muslims by Arab Muslims in Darfur, a Texas-sized region in the African nation of Sudan, has resulted in more than 400,000 deaths and 2.5 million displaced people. And despite a peace agreement between the Sudanese government and the largest Darfur rebel group, the killings, mass rapes, plundering, and crop-burning continues.

A woman and child camp under
a tree in Chad. Photo courtesy of
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

How the Largest Advocacy Group Is Helping:
In a multifaith effort to advocate for an end of the genocide, the Save Darfur Coalition provides information on how to organize and attend an event, lobby elected officials, and educate others about Darfur.

What Relief Groups Are Doing and How You Can Get Involved:
Hundreds of thousands fled to neighboring Chad. Relief groups have been struggling to provide food, refugee camps, water, and sanitation for the homeless Sudanese.

Doctors Without Borders

  • Sudan overview
  • Donate online
  • Photo Gallery: Field hospital in Chad

Mercy Corps

  • Sudan overview
  • Donate online

Send contributions to Mercy Corps Dept. W, PO Box 2669, Portland, OR 97208-2669 or call: (800) 292.3355 ext. 250

Save the Children

  • Sudan overview
  • Donate online

CARE

  • Donate online
  • Video: Refugee camp

American Jewish World Service

  • Sudan overview
  • Donate online
  • Take action now

Islamic Relief

  • Sudan overview
  • Donate online

International Red Cross/Red Crescent

  • Sudan relief overview (Efforts based in Chad)
  • Donate online

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The following groups are working through a partnership of Action by Churches Together and Caritas Internationalis:

United Methodist Committee on Relief

  • Sudan overview
  • Cost list for sample relief supplies

Give through your local United Methodist church or send contributions to: UMCOR, 475 Riverside Dr. Room 330, New York, NY 10115
Call 1-800-554-8583 to make a credit card donation.

Lutheran World Relief

  • Sudan overview
  • Donate online

Give through your local church or send contributions to: Lutheran World Relief – Darfur/Sudan Crisis, PO Box 17061, Baltimore, MD 21298-9832
Call 1-800-LWR-LWR-2 to make a credit card donation.

Caritas Internationalis
Sudan relief overview
Donate through your Catholic parish

Sudanese families list victims’ names and dates of death.
Photo courtesy of U.S.
Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Other ways to help:

  • Ask your government leaders to take action
  • Include prayers for the victims in your worship service: Multifaith prayer guide for Sudan

How to help sudan Sudan inundated by water following weeks of heavy rainfall and devastating floods (photo: CNN)

Over the past weeks, heavy rainfall in Sudan has caused river swells and floods across the country. According to news sources, floods hit 16 out of the 18 states that make up Sudan, destroying over 100,000 homes and killing around 100 people and injuring 46. An estimated 500,000 people have been affected or displaced by the floods, according to the Sudan Humanitarian Aid Commission.

They are considered the worst floods to hit Sudan in 100 years, raising water levels in the Blue Nile to an unprecedented 17.58 meters, which prompted the Sudanese government to declare the country a disaster area and implement a three-month state of emergency. The devastating floods have also hit South Sudan.

Heavy damage to the country’s infrastructure has been reported and observers have also indicated that the natural disaster has compromised Sudan’s safe drinking water, estimating that around 2,000 water sources have now been contaminated or otherwise compromised. These water shortages could affect more than 100,000 people.

Autumn rain season in Sudan usually starts in June and ends in October, however experts are saying that the country is facing erratic whether this year due to the climate change.

In addition to the loss of life and billions of dollars’ worth of infrastructure and property damage, Sudan stands to lose the ruins of Al Bajrawiya, home to the Meroe pyramids, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Widely considered an archeological gem, the ruins of Al Bajrawiya were once a royal city of the Meroitic empire, according to Marc Maillot, head of the French Archaeological Unit in the Sudan Antiquities Service, France 24 reports.

This disaster comes as Sudan navigates a difficult political transition after decades of brutal autocratic rule under former President Omar Al Bashir and threatens to derail the country’s development and the Sudanese people’s democratic aspirations.

Donate and/or Volunteer

Donating and volunteering are two of the most effective ways to directly help during a humanitarian crisis. Since the floods, several initiatives were announced by activists, aid workers and relief organizations both on the ground and overseas.

One of the most widely credited for its efforts since the beginning of the crisis is the Nafeer Initiative, which is providing much-needed aid to those affected by the floods, including food and shelter to those who have been displaced, as well as surveying and assessing the damage caused by the deluge.

Similarly, Awtad, a regional charity organization based in Uganda, has recently mobilized to provide aid to those hit the hardest by the floods and the heavy rainfall and rebuilding homes for those who have been displaced. You can also support the organization’s work by volunteering.

Another organization working to help Sudan and South Sudan is Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA). The organization is currently raising donations for its emergency response efforts, which are being overseen by IRUSA’s teams on the ground in the affected regions.

Raise Awareness about Anti-Blackness in the MENA Region

Raising awareness about the events in Sudan can go a long way in helping the Sudanese government and civil society, as well as the international community, manage this disaster and, hopefully, ensure that the country won’t be as vulnerable to these weather conditions in the future.

This hasn’t been the case for Sudan and South Sudan, where the devastation has largely been underreported in the media. When compared to the regional response to the Beirut Blast, many commentators and observers noted a pattern of public apathy towards the humanitarian crises in Sudan and South Sudan and many have attributed this complete disregard for Black life to a culture of anti-Black racism in Arab and North African societies.

Educate Yourself and Others about Climate Change

The crisis in Sudan and South Sudan is indicative of changing weather patterns, according to climate scientists. Experts say that these latest floods are the worst to hit Sudan in 100 years, exceeding the record-setting rainy seasons of 1946 and 1988. State-owned news agency SUNA confirmed that sources in the Sudanese government expect worsening conditions.

“This year we have seen an increase in the amount of rainfall because of climate change and so the Nile has flooded more than before. In addition, a lot of trees have been cut down to make place for residential areas near the Nile, affecting the valleys where the water would flow through,” one climate change expert told Al Jazeera.

This disaster is yet another reminder that climate change is a real, fast-approaching crisis that threatens food and water security in the Middle East and Africa. According to a 2019 United Nation’s Environment Programme report, the Sudanese capital experienced “serious environmental degradation due to extensive deforestation and droughts, which have conspired to make it vulnerable to climate-related hazards.”

The international agency warned that floods, sandstorms and heatwaves pose a serious threat to the city of Khartoum and its population of 6.3 million people.

This was also predicted in 2016, when climate scientists and climate change experts warned that Sudan is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change and said that the environmental crisis can render parts of the country uninhabitable.

How to help sudan

In April, protests and a military coup led to the ousting of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who had been in power since 1989. Following Bashir’s removal, unarmed pro-democracy protesters have been calling for civilian — rather than military — rule. However, military forces responded to these peaceful efforts with force, and medical officials say that at least 100 people have been killed. If you are wondering how to help Sudan after protests were met with such violence, you have a list of options.

In 2008, the International Criminal Court filed charges against Bashir for war crimes and genocide in Darfur, but he did not step down until this year. So when a military coup ousted him from power earlier back in April, protesters worked to make sure another military-ruled government didn’t come into power. Instead, they’ve been advocating for civilian rule.

But on June 3, soldiers from the Sudanese paramilitary Rapid Support Forces — which grew out of militias — raided a pro-democracy protest camp in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan. According to Al Jazeera, the soldiers set the protesters’ tents aflame and opened fire, and more than 100 people were killed. Citing a doctors’ group, Al Jazeera and Reuters reported but could not confirm that dozens of bodies had been pulled from the Nile following this raid. Doctors also indicated that more than 70 people were raped during the Khartoum raid, per The Guardian.

The Sudanese government has only admitted to 61 deaths, instead of the more than 100 cited by medical officials, The New York Times reported. However, protesters in Sudan have not given up. On Sunday, demonstrators put up barriers in the streets and implemented a general strike in Khartoum, bringing the capital to a standstill, and at least three protesters were killed by security forces. According to NPR, the military is now rounding up employees deemed essential and forcing them to go back to work at gunpoint, and The Root reported that the Rapid Support Forces continue to aggravate the ongoing violence.

As protests continue in Sudan, many people in the country have been unable to access basic necessities, such as food, water, and emergency health care. Here are some ways that you can help the people in Sudan.

How to help sudan
A major headline in 2012 as a result of South Sudan’s secession was the economic crisis facing Sudan after its oil revenue, which accounted for over half of the government’s revenue, sharply decreased. However, Sudan has also been facing an equally pressing water crisis that could adversely affect the country’s future for decades to come.

The current water crisis in Sudan has resulted in widespread water shortages and desertification, the process by which fertile land becomes too dry for agriculture. Ultimately, an International Fund For Agricultural Development (IFAD) report predicted that lower annual precipitation in combination with other environmental factors will significantly diminish land productivity in Sudan by 2050.

Water Scarcity and Poverty

Such a warning is especially important because about 65% of Sudan’s population lives in rural and agricultural areas, which produce almost 40% of the nation’s GDP. Additionally, poverty in these areas reaches upwards of 58% while water scarcity forces women and girls to abandon their jobs and school to find scarcely available water for domestic use. With women unable to work and girls not receiving an education, families earn less money and they have a smaller chance of improving their socio-economic status in the future. Therefore, it is clear that water plays a crucial role in Sudan’s economy and social development. This importance has made creating resilience to future crises in rural communities a national security priority for Sudan.

Urgent Global Aid

Most notably, Khartoum works with multilateral organizations such as the United Nations and the IFAD as well as countries like the United States to address the water crisis in Sudan. Such partnerships have led to the Agriculture Revival Programme in 2008, which has the goal of increasing rural citizens’ incomes and creating sustainable methods of natural resource use. Furthermore, the government implemented regulations like the Seed Act in 2010 to increase sustainable farming practices in the face of dwindling fertile lands. Sudan has demonstrated its commitment to solving its water scarcity issue through these multibillion-dollar projects. However, lots of work remains in order to eliminate the water scarcity, which has led to Sudan creating additional programs focusing on tackling water-related problems over the past few years.

Much like a pandemic, the most effective handling of the water crisis in Sudan will come through early investments and collective action. Without either of the former, water scarcity could grow exponentially and the damage could extend beyond the loss of lives today. As a result, the water crisis could extend to future generations, consequently exacerbating problems of poverty, migration and hunger in Sudan for decades to come.

What Now?

Sudan currently has the ability to create sustainable solutions before its water crisis becomes an unforgiving catastrophe — a point at which Khartoum will only be able to do damage control. Substantial progress in alleviating the water crisis in Sudan has already occurred thanks to partnerships with multilateral bodies and NGOs, as well as initiatives from Sudan’s government that encourage sustainable agricultural lifestyles. Ultimately, through pursuing further policies and strategic partnerships that reduce water scarcity in the long-run, Sudan should be able to bolster its economy and protect its citizens from poverty.

How to help sudan

Devastating and unprecedented floods hit Sudan recently. Displaced and desperate for help, hundreds of thousands of people have been affected by this catastrophe. Official data reveal 100,000 totally destroyed homes and 500,000 homeless persons due to higher water levels.

If you wish to help the victims of the floods in Sudan, here’s how you can do it.

How to Contribute?

1. Qatar Charity

Qatar Charity has appealed to the people in Qatar to support Sudan flood victims, who are in desperate need of emergency aid, and help them survive this humanitarian disaster, urging benefactors to contribute to Qatar Charity’s “Peace for Sudan” relief campaign to maximize the number of food and shelter aid beneficiaries.

  • Donors can reach Qatar Charity through this link.
  • To donate QR100, QR200, QR500, and QR1000, an SMS with the code ‘SOS’ can be sent to 92642, 92015, 92428, and 92429, respectively.

2. Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS)

Under the Safety for Sudan campaign, Qatar Red Crescent is acting to save lives and provide medical supplies, food baskets, and shelter kits for the most flood-affected families.

  • Donate for the various actions taken by QRCS to help the victims in Sudan by following this link: https://www.qrcs.org.qa/en/pro.

3. Bookshelf Qatar

Bookshelf Qatar is an online book store in the country who have come forward to help the victims. Click below to see how you can donate.

Providing medical care for those displaced by violence

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How MSF is fighting COVID-19 in Sudan

MSF has received approval to conduct a seroprevalence survey in Omdurman, and we are discussing with the Ministry of Health to begin a home-based support system for COVID-19 patients in the area. We are supporting four main public hospitals in Khartoum to strengthen their screening and triage system and the isolation areas.

In Khartoum, the objective is to protect or reopen lifesaving services and to reinstate confidence among health workers. MSF teams are supporting with trainings, reinforcement of IPC measures, and weekly donations of PPE. We also trained staff from 10 primary health care centers, donated IPC items, and provided technical on-site support, which continues in different facilities in Khartoum. We are also supporting the management of isolation centers in East Darfur and South Kordofan states.

Learn more about how we are responding to the coronavirus pandemic in Sudan.

What is happening in Sudan?

In 2019, Sudan was the scene of mass protests, sparked by its deepening economic and political crisis.

The protests led to the ousting of President Omar al-Bashir in Sudan in April after nearly 30 years of rule and paved the way for a political transition, agreed between civilian and military representatives.

Needs remained great throughout the year, with nearly two million people internally displaced, a severely weakened health system, and huge numbers of refugees, mostly South Sudanese, stranded in the country for years after fleeing the civil war, living in precarious conditions. Learn how you can best help in Sudan and other countries.

How we’re helping in Sudan

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) reshaped some existing projects, launched assessments to start operations in different areas of the country, and carried out frequent emergency interventions.

During the months of the protests, we treated people gathered in the crowded ‘sit-in’ area of the Sudanese capital for conditions such as dehydration. When clashes between demonstrators and security forces took place, our teams provided medical care and referred people to the main hospitals when necessary.

Other short-term interventions included addressing the needs of people affected by floods in Khartoum and White Nile states; and tackling outbreaks of disease, such as malaria in North Darfur state and cholera in Blue Nile, Sennar, and Khartoum states.

msf projects in sudan

MSF was the only international organization directly supporting victims of violence during the protests in the emergency room of Khartoum’s largest hospital, Omdurman Teaching Hospital. The emergency intervention turned into a regular project by the end of 2019. Please donate to support our work in Sudan and other countries around the world now.

In Tawila, North Darfur, we handed over to the Ministry of Health and other organizations some of the activities that we have been running since 2007 to assist isolated communities and people affected by chronic conflict and displacement.

In East Darfur, we continued to run our health structure in Kario, a camp that hosts around 28,000 refugees from South Sudan. Our teams offer primary and secondary health care, such as maternity services and nutritional support for children. The services are also accessible for local residents living in the region.

South Sudanese refugees have also been the main focus of our operations in White Nile state for the past five years. By the end of 2019, there were still approximately 248,000 refugees living there, mostly in camps. In December, we opened a new 85-bed hospital in Kashafa camp, upgrading existing services, and handed over a smaller health facility in Khor Wharal camp. The upgraded facility treats patients with complicated conditions, including severely malnourished children and people with chronic infectious diseases, such as HIV and tuberculosis.

In Al-Gedaref, we maintained our diagnosis and treatment program for kala azar (visceral leishmaniasis) and other neglected tropical diseases in Tabarak Allah hospital. In 2019, our teams also provided supervision and training to local health workers and Ministry of Health staff and organized awareness-raising campaigns. One of our teams contributed to scientific research by participating in a phase two, randomized, multicentric clinical trial.

In South Kordofan, in areas controlled by both governmental and by other armed groups, MSF continued to focus on sexual and reproductive health helping women and newborns affected by the humanitarian crisis in the region to obtain free, high-quality care and referrals for specialist services. Based in Dilling, support extends to other localities including Dalami and Habila.