Sudan: More than 4 million people need help as conflict and displacement continues into 2012
The UN has called for US$1.06 billion to help 4.2 million people in Sudan cope with one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises in 2012, as several parts of the country face protracted conflict and internal displacement.
In Darfur, where war broke out in 2003, 3.75 million people still need help – including 1.9 million living in camps for internally displaced people, and a growing number of people who are looking to return home and rebuild their lives.
New conflicts in South Kordofan and Blue Nile States have led to high levels of food insecurity and significant health concerns - including acute malnourishment amongst children. Approximately 300,000 people in South Kordofan and 66,000 people in Blue Nile State have been displaced or severely affected by the fighting.
“We are looking at a deteriorating humanitarian situation in the areas out of which the refugees in neighbouring South Sudan and Ethiopia have fled,” said Peter de Clercq, the UN’s acting Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator.
While emergency relief is still essential, many Sudanese are looking to the longer term, as they start to rebuild their lives. Many aid agencies are shifting from general food distributions towards safety-net programmes, voucher programmes, food-for-work and natural resource management.
At the launch of the appeal, Dr. Mohammed Fadolalla, acting Commissioner for Sudan’s Humanitarian Aid Commission, and Mr. de Clercq, welcomed the close collaboration between the UN, partners, and the government in developing the Work Plan for 2012.
Delivering assistance effectively in Sudan calls for a “continued partnership”, Mr. de Clercq said. Humanitarian organisations needed to work closely with local communities to promote durable solutions and, where appropriate, reduce aid dependency”.