Sudan: Building roads and trust in Darfur
13 May, 2013
In the village of Yathriba, in Central Darfur, a group of men and women are building a bridge across a small, muddy stream. They work methodically, slowly putting stones into place, conserving their energy under the hot Sudanese sun.
During the rainy season this small stream can easily flood...
South Sudan: Innovation in delivering aid to refugees
10 May, 2013
A state-of the art biometric tool based on electronically captured fingerprints is enabling aid agencies in South Sudan to register and assist refugees more efficiently.
Since conflict between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North began in Sudan...
Somalia: Displaced people hit hardest by flooding
6 May, 2013
The home made of twigs and branches, cardboard boxes and plastic sheeting did not stand a chance against the heavy rain and winds. When their roof and walls were ripped away, 73-year-old Isack Dahir Hilowle and his eleven family members feared for their lives.
“We huddled together,...
Sudan/South Sudan: “When peace returns to Blue Nile, we will return.”
23 April, 2013
After bombs fell in the fields outside their village in Sudan’s Blue Nile State, Mary and her family decided to leave. Mercifully no one was killed in the strike, but more than two years of constant fighting meant that she, like so many others, no longer felt safe.
Five days later,...
Interview: OCHA Mogadishu Head of Office
11 April, 2013
More than 360,000 people displaced by conflict live in makeshift tents in crowded conditions in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. OCHA is working with humanitarian organizations to support the Government’s efforts to relocate the displaced families to the outskirts of the city, where they...