An armed conflict between rival factions of the military government of Sudan began on 15 April 2023. Each day that the conflict continues, the humanitarian crisis deepens, and more civilian lives are at risk.

We will update this page regularly with more information on how the GNC and partners are responding, including support available.

"It is time for a reset. We call for an immediate cessation of hostilities. The people of Sudan need peace and equitable access to humanitarian relief. And the international community must step up today, engage at all levels, and act to put Sudan back on track and end the war" - Statement by Principals of the IASC

In just four short months, more than 24 million people require humanitarian assistance, a 57% increase since November 2022, and humanitarian leaders are urging action to end the tragedy in Sudan. You can read the statement on the IASC website herewhere global leaders of humanitarian organizations working in Sudan share key messages for the affected people, the parties involved in the conflict. and to the International community.

The Situation

Prior to the conflict, the Sudanese people were already suffering from a humanitarian crisis. Now, the crisis is deteriorating rapidly and thousands are continuing to flee to neighbouring countries in search of safety, food, and support, including at least 450,000 children that have had to flee their homes.

  • To date, over 4 million people have been displaced inside and outside the country, with more than 3 million being displaced internally as of August 1. UNHCR produced a Regional Refugee Response Plan for the next six months, which you can find here.
  • More than 6 million Sudanese are on the brink of famine.
  • More than 14 million children are in need of humanitarian aid and more than 50% of the total population needing some form of humanitarian assistance.
  • Over 690,000 children under age 5 are severely malnourished, an additional 2.7 million are moderately malnourished, and over a million pregnant and lactating women are estimated to suffer from acute malnutrition.
  • Prices of food, fuel and other basic goods are skyrocketing, making critical goods unaffordable for many people and leaving close to 20 million people food insecure with millions surviving without necessities such as food, water, electricity, and shelter.
  • Access due to insecurity remain the greatest challenges for both humanitarian aid and civilians alike.
General update
  • The GNC is in close communication with the Nutrition coordination team, both officially and unofficially;
  • Key essential staff will work from Port Sudan and others will work from Nairobi;
  • In terms of capacity in-country, there is strong national capacity. For example, the sub-national clusters in the eastern side of the country remain functional through national staff and partners (which is currently not as affected by the conflict)
  • ICRC is maintaining presence in South Khartoum, Jenina, El Fasher and Djarindjin (Darfur). Established base in sync with MSF in Wadi Madani, operational in Gadaref and Kassala. Aim to access Port Sudan to establish supply chain.
  • ICRC will continue to work with the Sudanese Red Crescent, medical supplies and needs are pressing. Medical supplies available in Khartoum but cannot access the warehouses; teams on standby in Addis and other regional locations.
  • MSF is maintaining presence in South Khartoum, Jenina, El Fasher and Djarindjin (Darfur) and have finalized an agreement with the ministry of health to support medical centres.
  • Local responders have been at the forefront of providing humanitarian aid, but need access to resources and replenishment of supplies to continue.
Nutrition Sector actions 
  • Partner mapping of essential nutrition services (aligning with OCHA; and kindly supported by GNC RRT IMO)
  • Drafting of a ´complementary' response plan for the continuation and resumption of services with nutrition partners, which takes into consideration the functionality of service delivery sites in consultation with partners, identification of key gaps and capacity of partners.
GNC support
Resources
  • Mental and psychosocial support services - A growing global platform for connecting people, networks and organizations, for sharing resources and for building knowledge related to mental health and psychosocial support both in emergency settings and in situations of chronic hardship.
  • Gender based violence - UNICEF has several resources available.
More information

UNICEF

Logistics Cluster

UNHCR

OCHA

ReliefWeb

IPC Acute Food Insecurity

For more IASC products and statements, please visit the IASC website

 

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