Increasing armed conflicts in the Republic of the Sudan prompts CERF to allocate $8 million

23 August 2013: Increasing inter- and intra-tribal fighting as well as armed conflicts between the Sudanese Armed Forces and armed movements have led to the internal displacement of more than 300,000 people in Darfur in the Republic of the Sudan in 2013. This is more than the total number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Darfur in 2011 and 2012 combined.

The extremely high number of recent IDPs has put a significant strain on already stretched resources in IDP camps throughout the country. The acute humanitarian situation may result in contagious disease outbreaks and the depletion of scarce resources.

In response to the humanitarian crisis, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has provided a rapid response grant of US$8,027,628 to six United Nations agencies. The allocations are expected to help more than 1.6 million IDPs affected by the crisis in the Republic of the Sudan.

With an allocation of $600,270, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will provide emergency shelter and non-food items.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) have received $2,181,475 and $171,930, respectively, to procure and distribute medical kits and supplies.

Using an allocation of $305,350, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will restore food security and livelihoods of affected households.

The World Health Organization (WHO) will use its allocation of $379,999 to ensure primary health services, while the World Food Programme (WFP) has received $4,388,604 to provide emergency, life-saving food assistance.