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29 May 2014 description

Ibrahim was two years old when his mother, Fatima, carried him into nutrition stabilization center run by Relief International at the Zam Zam refugee camp in North Darfur, Sudan. His mother Fatima, desperate, was nearly out of hope for his survival as she cradled her baby boy.

23 May 2011 description

Ninety percent of the people living in Upper Nile State, South Sudan fled during the country’s 20-year civil war. Since 2005, Relief International has been providing support services to tens of thousands of people who are returning to their lands to rebuild their lives. After decades of conflict, those who have been displaced are returning to areas that cannot provide clean water, health services or education for their children.

09 Feb 2011 description

What have the referendum process results meant at the grassroots level? It was only a few days ago that the official results were released, making it clear that more than 98 percent of voters prefer separation over unity, but it is clear that the results have already altered many people's lives. Between October 2010 and February 2011, tens of thousands of South Sudanese uprooted themselves from communities where they had lived since fleeing the violence of the civil war.

02 Oct 2009 description

RI opened Zam Zam Clinic in response to a crisis: Critical medical facilities were closing that would leave 35,000 people without any health services. RI mobilized to build a clinic with support from US grassroots advocates and collaboration with local tribal leaders. The August 2006 opening could not have been more timely: 6,000 people arrived in the camp fleeing violence in the region.

Today, the RI Zam Zam Clinic serves 800 patients per week. The facility is run by local Sudanese doctors, midwives, nurses, and pharmacists - all of whom receive training from RI.

09 Jan 2009 description

Today marks the fourth anniversary of the end of Sudan's civil war between the north and the south. For two decades armed actors manifested a capacity for calculated brutality and imposition of human suffering on a level that defies description or reasonable comprehension.

16 May 2008 description

RI opened Zam Zam Clinic in response to a crisis: Critical medical facilities were closing that would leave 35,000 people without any health services. RI mobilized to build a clinic with support from US grassroots advocates and collaboration with local tribal leaders. The August 2006 opening could not have been more timely: 6,000 people arrived in the camp fleeing violence in the region.

Today, the RI Zam Zam Clinic serves 800 patients per week. The facility is run by local Sudanese doctors, midwives, nurses, and pharmacists - all of whom receive training from RI.

25 Apr 2007 description

In Tawilla, North Darfur at 1:30 pm on April 25, 2007, three armed men hijacked a vehicle carrying a team of seven Relief International (RI) staff members. The attackers wore civilian clothing and carried two automatic rifles and one pistol. The Relief International team of Sudanese nationals-driver, six volunteers, and an RI-Ministry of Health team leader-were conducting a mission for National Immunization Days in Argo IDP camp located in Tawilla town.

The hijackers abducted all staff with the vehicle and drove westward.

12 Jul 2006 description

Los Angeles, CA/ Darfur, Sudan - A relief worker with the U.S.-based global humanitarian organization Relief International (RI) was killed Wednesday as a result of an armed attack on a Relief International vehicle.

28 Mar 2006 description

Over the past two years, more than 2 million people have been forced to flea their homes in Darfur - many seeing their families killed, abducted, or abused - and are now living in makeshift shelters in IDP camps or on the outskirts of villages.

27 Feb 2006 description

Darfur Relief Commodities

As the humanitarian crisis in Darfur continues, essential relief commodities are being distributed to the most vulnerable populations. The United Nations Joint Logistics Center is providing Relief International with the most essential relief commodities. All commodities are mobile and light in order to ensure that internally displaced peoples are able to transport them to their villages of return.

27 Feb 2006 description

Women's Protection and Fuel-Efficient Stoves

Firewood collection, a necessary activity to cook food and heat up houses, has become very dangerous due to the chronic insecurity in Darfur. The search for firewood requires females to leave the safety of camps or towns, rendering them vulnerable to harassment and gender-based violence. Men do not normally participate in this activity as the violence inflicted on them is more often fatal. In addition, firewood collection results in the desertification of a region already troubled by drought.

27 Feb 2006 description

Livestock and Food Security

In the North Darfur, livestock is difficult to maintain because of the competition for grazing land, water, feed, shelter, and other resources. Because it is so difficult for households to maintain the health of their livestock, animals have a very low rate of survival. Relief International is increasing food security and household wealth by promoting the health and productivity of existing and new livestock.

07 Feb 2006 description

Using mud and other locally procured materials, Relief International (RI) is teaching 45,000 Darfurian, refugee women how to build and utilize fuel efficient stoves (FES), reducing the need for women to engage in the dangerous activity of collecting firewood by 40% and protecting women and children from harmful smoke inhalation.

02 Mar 2005 description

Responding to the increasing medical and health needs among settlements and displaced-person camps, Relief International is mounting a multi-faceted intervention among residents and displaced persons in the Tawilla area. This intervention consists of both stationary and mobile clinics providing:

  • Essential primary and reproductive health care to vulnerable persons, especially women and children

31 Aug 2004 description

A humanitarian "catastrophe" has started in the Darfur region of Sudan and the worst is yet to come. Thousands have died already, malnutrition and disease is increasing rapidly and with the start of the rainy season an estimated 1,000 people a day are expected to die in November and December with the peak of the rainy season, unless we act NOW.

Out of a total population of 6.5 million people living in Darfur, roughly 2.2 million people have already been directly affected by conflict, massacres, rape, displacement and famine.

26 Apr 2000 description

Contact: Mary Anne Fitzgerald or Michelle Brown
refintl@iconnect.co.ke or (202) 828-0110