This year, flooding began at least one month earlier than normal. An estimated 410,785 people have already been directly affected -- a total of over 82,157 households. If the current pattern continues, it is expected that the situation will deteriorate considerably, particularly given that mid-August to early September is the normal peak of flooding. The United Nations and Partners, working in collaboration with government, project an additional 265,000 individuals could be affected in the coming six weeks.
Sudan is at a critical moment in its history. With the right choices, prosperity for its people will become a reality. While these choices are the responsibility of the Sudanese people and their Governments, a significant opportunity exists for a strengthened partnership between the Sudan and the United Nations and Partners; particularly in accelerating the shift towards recovery and development. Such a shift has a role to play in supporting peace and changing the lives of millions for the better. The 2007 Work Plan is an expression of this partnership.
By December 2006, upheavals of violence and periods of intense confrontation at local level became a recurring reality. The Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) is under severe strain. As none of the signatories have formally renounced their commitment, the CFA is technically still valid and exists as an agreement albeit frequently violated. But the future outlook gives further reason for serious concern, with the non-state actor publicly stating (November 27) that the peace process was defunct.