Sudan - Darfur

What we do

We support people in need in Darfur with water, sanitation, health, nutrition and basic shelter.


In 2011 Sudan was divided into two independent states – South Sudan and Sudan. After the independence of South Sudan, DanChurchAid has primarily focused our work in South Sudan but we continue to provide humanitarian assistance in Sudan.


The main humanitarian challenges in Sudan are found in Darfur, in the west of Sudan, and in South Kordofan and Blue Nile along Sudan’s borders with South Sudan.

Since 2003, Darfur has been affected by conflict and civil war often targeted against the civilian population. This has led some 2 million people to flee their original homes and live in make-shift huts and tents in camps within Darfur and across the border with Chad. Today, ten years after their original displacement, many of these people continue to depend on humanitarian assistance.

The conflicts in Blue Nile and South Kordofan re-erupted in 2011 and as with Darfur, the civilian population bear the brunt of the war. More than a million people are affected and hundreds of thousands men, women and children have had to flee their homes and seek temporary shelter in mountainous areas, cities and towns outside their region - or in refugee camps in neighbouring South Sudan.

What we do in Sudan

Working with partner organisations, we support the victims of the continued conflict and displacement and seek to support particularly vulnerable individuals and communities.
 Our humanitarian efforts in Sudan focus on:

  • dotProvision of adequate water and sanitation in refugee camps
  • dotHealth and nutrition services
  • dotShelter and other support to newly displaced

Articles about Sudan

Yashira Ahmed used to sell some of the food she is provided with in order to buy other things she needed, but a rooster and five hens changed it
It has been possible to deliver relief to the ruined city Bor in South Sudan where all the houses are either looted or burned down.
A dike prevents flooding and offer alternative livelihood
In South Sudan Community Volunteers are spreading important knowledge about landmines and unexploded ordnance to the communities.
In Jonglei State in South Sudan the explosive remnants of war (ERW) poses a serious risk to the health and lives of the inhabitants. Especially the many refugees returning to their homes after conflicts are vulnerable. Through the CHF donation of USD 149,619 DCA is working to provide emergency clearance of ERW in conflict areas.
Consistently high accident figures reflect the dire consequences of explosive remnants of war (ERW) on the population that is returning to South Sudan and illustrates the continued urgent need for Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and Risk Education (RE) activities. Through the UNMAS donation of USD 246,000 DCA will provide the latter.
Village dwellers returning to their community after a swift refuge into the South Sudanese bush found 124 mortars and 7 RPG’s left in hut by rebel fighters.
By training teachers how to pass on important safety messages to their students, DCA is protecting more South Sudanese children from mine and ERW accidents.
By training teachers how to pass on important safety messages to their students, DCA will protect more South Sudanese children from mine and UXO accidents.
DCA HMA Case Study, Jonglei, South Sudan
In Jonglei and Warrap State in South Sudan the explosive remnants of war (ERW) poses a serious risk to the health and lives of the inhabitants. Especially the many refugees returning to their homes after conflicts are vulnerable.
Celebrating International Mine Awareness Day 2013
Making South Sudan a safer place to live (March 2013)
After months of preparation DCA conducted their first demolition in South Sudan on 12th February 2013.
In July 2012 the DanChurch Aid (DCA) Humanitarian Mine Action Team (HMA) arrived in Juba, South Sudan. Only two months later they were put to the test with some untraditional garden work – securing two tank projectiles found in the backyard.
DanChurchAid (DCA) has been providing regular humanitarian assistance to vulnerable populations in South Sudan for several years in order to help reduce poverty and suffering in the region. Now, DCA is proud to announce that soon it will also be commencing Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) operations in the world’s newest country.
The US Special Envoy for Sudan, General Scott Gration, visited DanChurchAid Mine Action programme in Sudan on February 19th. He emphasised the need for clearing cluster munitions and mines in South Kordofan.
They live in the most basic conditions under roofs of plastic sheeting and sleep on dirt floors, where schools are few, medical care is the most basic, and job opportunities are all but absent. Still, when we ask the people living in Darfur’s camps for displaced people what their biggest problem is, the answer is always the same: ‘Security.’ Their biggest problem is simply staying safe, and staying alive.
The refugee camps in Darfur are alive with conversations and activities, where men and women are busy with daily chores, literacy classes, meetings and income-generating activities. Gathered in a community center, the women talk about their fears of being attacked and their desire to go back home. Although Sudan's president al-Bashir ordered 16 humanitarian organisations out of the country in March 2009, the huma...
Derieg camp was and is Fiza’s safe haven since she fled with her family from the Janjaweed 5 years ago. The noise and clutter of the 22.000 IDPs here is nothing compared to the fear of attack, rape or death. Here she can earn money as a tailor, drink tea in the afternoon with her friends at the women’s community center and sleep safe.
The Danish government has established an Africa Commission on effective development cooperation with Africa.
Refugees are now seriously returning to South Sudan. Expectations are high but there is very little to come home to
Even though the regime in Khartoum and the revolutionary movement SPLM in south have been persuaded to lay down their arms, the challenges of gaining permanent peace in Sudan are huge. This is said by Mads Frilander, programme officer in DanChurchAid in South Sudan.
The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Danida) has granted 24 million DKK for DanChurchAid’s HMA programmes in Africa and Asia.
A large group of children gather in front of Um Gozein School in Mershing, South Darfur, filling the yard with the excited chatter of their young voices. They are lined up and eager to receive school kits being distributed by ACT-Caritas.
Under the shade of a straw roof, the space is alive with chatter. Children play outside while women gather in groups to practice newly learnt skills that include making pasta and traditional mat weaving.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and DanChurchAid (DCA) hosted an international seminar 'Protection of Civilians - Learning from Darfur' in Copenhagen autumn 2007. A report has been made based on the seminar. It can be downloaded from
A humanitarian problem that will not go away quickly: Recent killings of African Union peacekeepers and World Food Programme contract drivers combined with detentions of humanitarian workers in the conflict-ridden Darfur region of western Sudan are just the latest examples of a deteriorating situation, which is prompting increased anxiety by those affected by the ongoing crisis, as well as by those responding to t...
With thousands of people forcefully driven from their homes into overcrowded camps, where both resources and opportunities are short, disputes have become a frequent feature of life for many of Darfur’s displaced.
One evening towards the end of June, a crowd of 300 people or so gather round the local football pitch in Zalingei town in West Darfur. For the first time ever, a football match is being played between young people from Khamsadegaig camp and the local youth team from Zalingei. The match, organised by ACT-Caritas, is an effort to bridge the gap between those displaced by the conflict and the local community.
In South Darfur, another 3,000 people have been forced to flee their homes because of brutal attacks on their villages, adding their number to the more than 2.5 million others in Darfur that have suffered the same fate. The conflict has killed at least 200,000 people since violence escalated in 2004.
Five months ago, Lino Lokwkawa and his family came out of hiding from the mountains. They had fled to escape the violence during the 20-year civil war in south Sudan. Now, the Lokwkawa family and others have begun returning home to Ikotos County in Eastern Equatoria and are re-establishing their lives in the village of Longairo.
The Mennonite Central Committee, a long-standing partner of ACT-Caritas, sent over 40,000 blankets to the Darfur Emergency Program (DERO), to assist conflict-affected communities in the province. But these are no ordinary blankets - they have been individually hand-made by members of the Mennonite community in the U.S.
On Sunday 17th June, an ACT-Caritas employee was shot and killed on his way home from work in West Darfur. ”This killing shows how cruel and chaotic the situation is in Darfur. It’s unacceptable to do humanitarian work in this environment but we have to continue. A lot of people are dependent on our help,” says Lisa Henry, Relief Director in DanChurchAid.
DanChurchAid continues to work in Darfur despite the worsening security situation. 72,000 people are being provided with access to clean water, latrines, and skills in good hygiene practices.
Sudan: A sand track leads north from Zalingei to the village of Abata, but these days few people travel along it. The track is flanked by tall acacia trees, and every so often the track cuts through a group of deserted, roofless shells of buildings. The countryside is silent. Where there were villages, only the wind now speaks through the trees.
Providing remote rural communities with access to health care has been one of the principal achievements of ACT/Caritas’s health care program in Kubum locality, south Darfur. A mobile clinic has been just part of the solution. However, as funding reduces, sustainability is now a major concern.
Firewood collection: A threat to women and a threat to the environment. ACT/Caritas’s Darfur Emergency Response Operation is working on initiatives to protect both.
Darfur: As the sun rises from behind the mountain, boys in long, white shirts, known as “jelabia,” hurry through the streets of Nertiti, kicking up the dust with their feet.
Darfur: Over the past two months, more than 10,000 people have arrived in Otash camp, fleeing attacks on their homes in the Tulus and Buram localities in Sudan’s South Darfur province.
To mark World AIDS Day (December 1), the Sudan Council of Churches (SCC), a local partner of ACT-Caritas, has organized three days of events in Nyala town, the capital of South Darfur state.
Gunfire, fields alight and homes burning. Around 40,000 civilians have been forced from their homes in the eastern region of South Darfur in the past month.
For some of the internally displaced people living in camps in Darfur, it is now safe to go home. However, those who can go home are not Darfurians; they are the displaced from southern Sudan who, two decades ago, fled fighting in their homeland.
Despite intense world pressure, Sudan still resists UN force in Darfur. Sudan faces escalating world pressure in coming weeks to reverse its dogged opposition to the dispatch of a large UN force in war-torn Darfur where UN officials are warning of a worsening humanitarian crisis, writes ReliefWeb.
People living in camps in Darfur depend on humanitarian aid agencies for all their basic needs: food, water, shelter and essential household items. But with community centers in eleven camps, ACT-Caritas is providing something more: These centers help people overcome trauma.
In recent months, following attacks by armed militias in Chad, hundreds of refugees from Darfur have fled back across the border into Sudan. Too afraid of the militias to return to their villages, they are sheltering in the town of Juguma.
Over the past few months, humanitarian organizations in Darfur have become the focus of armed attacks, forcing a suspension of humanitarian activities in certain areas. ACT-Caritas water committees continued to work during the suspensions, providing clean water to their communities. But if the pattern of violence is sustained, will they be able to cope?
Darfur: One boy dies, houses collapse, crops destroyed and water sources contaminated in one of the worst floods Kubum has seen for years. As residents of Kubum started their day’s work on the morning of Thursday, August 10, water started flowing into the town and the villages of Falanduge and Nyilela. Roads were turned into streams, gardens into swamps, and houses into basins of water.
In Nyala, the principal town in south Darfur, some youths have chosen to fight. But they have taken up arms against a very different opponent to that of other armed groups - they are fighting against HIV/AIDS.
Hundreds of families who have spent two months sheltering in school buildings now have their own individual shelters.
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