On April 15, violence erupted in Sudan as rival factions fought for control of the country’s capital. Civilians are bearing the brunt of the fighting as it spreads across the country. Hundreds of people have been killed, thousands have been wounded, and hundreds of thousands have fled to neighboring countries.
Shortages of food, water, medicines, and fuel continue, especially in Khartoum and surrounding areas, and access to electricity is limited in many parts of the country. Experts report more than two-thirds of hospitals are not able to function due to direct attacks or occupation by fighting parties.
“The fighting is [ongoing] and we can hear bullets and bombing all around us. Buildings are on fire and smoke fills the sky. People are trapped in their homes and scared about what is going to happen in the coming days. Life is paralyzed, everything is closed and food supplies are running out.
Many of the poorest people [already] don’t have [enough] food, they buy whatever little they can afford each day – and now they can’t even do that. Already critical levels of hunger in the country are now set to get even worse. Millions of people will need aid.” – Elsadig Elnour, Islamic Relief Sudan Country Director
Humanitarian aid workers are among those killed and many aid agency offices have been looted, forcing the suspension of vital humanitarian work. Due to instability, we’re limited in our capacity to respond immediately. Islamic Relief Sudan is on standby to support internally displaced people and other affected communities in Al Qadarif, Al Jazirah and El Obeid. We remain hopeful that ceasefire talks will help open access to humanitarian aid routes in the cities of Khartoum and Darfur.
Once the situation on the ground has stabilized, banks have resumed operations, and our teams have evaluated the emergency response needed, donations made to the Sudan Humanitarian Aid fund will be used to support aid efforts. Act now. And as soon as we can mobilize, we can put your donations to work.
Political instability, socioeconomic crisis, and food insecurity affect nearly a quarter of the population in Sudan. At least 3 million children under the age of five suffer from malnutrition. Violence and intercommunal clashes have also contributed to high numbers of internal and cross-border displacements. In some areas, schools have become temporary shelters, disrupting children’s education. At least 14.3 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.
Islamic Relief’s first humanitarian response in Sudan was in response to the famine in 1984, where we provided vital food aid to people in need. Since then, our focus has been on long-term development assistance to help pull vulnerable communities out of the cycle of poverty.
A few of our interventions include:
Thanks to you, we’ve been able to accomplish so much. But there’s still so much more to do. By continuing to support our efforts in Sudan, you can help make a difference in the lives of those in desperate need.