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The people of the Sudan’s Darfur Region have experienced numerous shocks of various types over the past 15 years. This report describes exactly how shocks have affected specific livelihood groups in Darfur, the extent to which people have been successful at recovering their self-sufficiency, and why. We found that households make calculated decisions based on balancing the potential risks and returns of activities in light of shocks. We found that some key factors influencing resilience and recovery in this context include:

29 May 2016 description


  • In February 2016, HAC commissioner in Ed Deain informed the humanitarian community of the arrival of South Sudanese (SS) in Khor Omer IDP camp in Ed Deain. The arrivals of SS were reported in March 2016 by HAC and SRCS in the different localities of East Darfur State. Due to inaccessibility to these areas, the humanitarian assessment was delayed until 10-11 May 2016.

16 Apr 2015 description

By Tilal Ahmed*

With a big smile, Bakhet Ibrahim entered the field office of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), in East Darfur State, Sudan, greeting the staff. Bakhet is a community mobilizer and a member of Youth Bank in East Darfur—and most of the staff knows him.

16 Jan 2015 description

By Susan Kim*

January 15, 2015—While relaxing and reading the Dayton Daily News in 1999, an advertisement caught Mike Slaughter's eye: BMW had just released a new luxury sedan. On a facing page was a heart-wrenching photograph of a child, emaciated with hunger, from Sudan. The two words—sedan, Sudan—and their juxtaposition struck a chord in Slaughter.

Sedan, Sudan. Sedan, Sudan.

14 Jun 2014 description

By Linda Unger*

June 11, 2014—The busy sound of planers scratched the hot, dusty air of an outdoor market in El Daein Town in East Darfur State, Sudan. In a short series of stalls separated only by poles holding up a shared tin roof, carpenters were at work creating beautiful, functional household items. They were building their businesses and improving the quality of life of their families.

04 Jun 2014 description

June 4, 2014—Slowly roasting in the heat of the mid-day sun, residents of El Saharig in East Darfur State line up just outside the local water yard with their donkey carts, horse carts, camels, and on foot to draw clean, safe water into barrels, tanks, and jerry cans and bring it home to their families.

03 Feb 2014 description

By David Tereshchuk*

January 30, 2014—Darfur remains linked in many Western minds with starvation and violence—but in fact that long-troubled region of Sudan is experiencing many more positive developments these days.

Since peace agreements were signed in mid-2011 between the national Sudanese government and Darfurian rebel movements, some autonomy has been established for individual states in Darfur, and a measure of greater stability has been achieved, although outbursts of violent conflict can still bedevil the region.

13 Jun 2013 description

By David Tereshchuk*

June 13, 2013—Only last year, hope was beginning to rise that Darfur, Sudan, might finally be on the way to a better life. After a decade of brutal conflict, and shocking slaughter of civilians, peace agreements appeared to heralding a period of recovery. Tens of thousands of people were voluntarily leaving the region’s internally displaced persons’ (IDP) camps and returning home to start rebuilding their lives. It was only a tiny proportion of the camps’ overall population, but the return inspired considerable optimism.

27 Nov 2012 description

By David Tereshchuk*

The newborn state of East Darfur (Sharq Darfur) in Sudan will soon complete its first full year of existence.

Along with its sister state, Central Darfur, East Darfur came into being in January 2012 as part of Sudan's ongoing peace efforts to solve the bloody Darfur conflict that had raged for almost a decade.

26 Jun 2012 description

By Julia Kayser*

June 22, 2012—UMCOR has been helping to improve the living conditions of internally displaced persons, or IDPs, in East Darfur State, Sudan, since 2008. These people have been forced to leave their homes due to extreme violence and the degradation of their farmland. With support from USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), UMCOR works with residents of IDP camps to help them increase their leadership capacity, build schools, access water and shelter, promote hygiene, and build latrines.

11 Apr 2011 description

By Linda Unger*

Stamford, Conn., April 12, 2011—During its semiannual board of directors meeting, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) today approved significant funding to confront emergencies in Japan, Haiti, and Pakistan, and also advanced the process of defining a new vision for the organization.

22 Oct 2010 description

by Linda Bloom*

October 22, 2010-The food shortage in South Sudan is so severe that more than half of the residents in two counties say they regularly skip meals.

Armed with information from an August survey, the United Methodist Committee on Relief is planning an ambitious food-security project to assist the people there "so they have a broader food basket," says Thomas Dwyer, who leads UMCOR's nongovernmental unit.

The launch date of the three-year project is January - the same month when voters decide whether South Sudan should become independent from the current …

13 Mar 2009 description

Teresa Juan spent 20 years as a refugee in Uganda, fleeing the civil conflict that wreaked havoc across southern Sudan for more than two decades, leaving more than one and a half million people dead. After the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005, refugees began feeling safe enough to go back to their native land. Now in her mid-fifties, Teresa recently returned to her country with her husband and eight children.

25 Mar 2008 description



UMCOR is helping children stay in school by providing much-needed school kits to approximately 14,000 students in 25 schools in Lainya and Yei counties in South Sudan.

The lack of basic school supplies is one of the problems that prevent children from attending and staying in school.

05 Feb 2008 description



The rains continue to add to the already devastating flood situation in Mozambique and eastern parts of Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi. UMCOR is at work with Action by Churches Together and the Mozambique Annual Conference to address the immediate humanitarian concerns.

UMCOR is providing seeds and necessary mosquito nets as the threat of malaria outbreaks arises.

09 Oct 2007 description



UMCOR continues to support the Central Methodist Mission Ray of Hope ministry in Johannesburg, South Africa by helping approximately 1000 asylum seekers and refugees-mainly from Zimbabwe. UMCOR will help with basic services, food, medical and material support as they settle into permanent homes.

UMCOR is helping to provide temporary accommodations until permanent shelter becomes available and while the people stabilize their political and economic status.

25 Sep 2007 description


04 Sep 2007 description



Please pray for the many in Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala that are weathering the fierce winds and rains of Hurricane Felix. UMCOR is monitoring the situation and contacting our partners in these areas as communication permits.

Please help UMCOR in its anticipated response by giving to Hurricanes 2007, UMCOR Advance #982511.


UMCOR is helping Action for Churches Together partners to meet the immediate needs of displaced Iraqi refugees in Syria by providing essential food and hygiene items.