Appeals & Response Plans
- Sudan: Floods - Jul 2018
- Sudan: Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) Outbreak - Jul 2017
- Sudan: Floods - Jun 2017
- Sudan: Floods - Jun 2016
- Sudan/South Sudan: Measles Outbreak - Mar 2015
- Sudan: Floods - Jul 2014
- Sudan: Yellow Fever Outbreak - Nov 2013
- Sudan: Flash Floods - Aug 2013
- Sudan: Yellow Fever Outbreak - Oct 2012
- Sudan: Floods - Jun 2012
Maps & Infographics
Most read reports
- Sudan - Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #1, Fiscal Year (FY) 2019
- Active USG Programs for the Sudan Response - Darfur (Last updated: 12/14/18)
- Sudan frees 57 victims of human trafficking
- Violations of Rome Statute Likely to Continue as States Fail to Arrest Fugitives Indicted over Crimes in Darfur, Chief Prosecutor Warns Security Council
- Emergency Trust Fund for Africa: new support for the Horn of Africa worth €134 million
HelpAge International welcomes the UN Security Council's decision to send a 26,000-strong international force to Darfur to stop fighting between government and rebels.
The conflict has has created nearly 2 million internally displaced people (IDP).
On the fourth anniversary of the Darfur crisis, HelpAge International is calling on humanitarian organisations to adopt an intergenerational approach to the delivery of aid and to building peace and reconciliation initiatives.
HelpAge International is calling on the health delivery organisations to train staff to address the specific health needs of older people.
More than 2 million people have been displaced and many face the prospect that they will not be able to return home.
Sudan crisisViolence in Darfur has displaced more than 2 million people from their land. This has left them without shelter, with their basic needs unmet, and unable to access their crops.
The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator now estimates that almost 300,000 people have died from disease and malnutrition. Darfur is considered to be the world's worst ongoing humanitarian crisis.
Many displaced people have sought security in camps.
Responses to humanitarian emergencies on the scale of the Darfur crisis concentrate on meeting immediate basic needs and ensuring the safety and protection of the endangered population. It is well documented that older people, as a vulnerable group, are often neglected or ignored in this initial response. Prolonged violence and displacement present a further challenge to humanitarian agencies, creating longer-term social, economic and psychological needs.
A new report by HelpAge International Rebuilding lives in longer-term emergencies' highlights gaps in emergency responses which have left 55,000 internally displaced older people isolated and without access to basic services.
As the humanitarian crisis worsens in West Darfur, Sudan, Vincent Gainey, HelpAge International's Emergencies Programme Coordinator, reports on his recent visit to the region.
A health and nutrition assessment by HelpAge International, in five camps in West Darfur, found older people felt isolated and lonely because of food insecurity.
Kate Holt, reporting from West Darfur, talks to older people who have lost everything in the violence which has displaced more than 1.5 million people from their land.
HelpAge International's Fergus Boyle
has just sent this latest story back from the camps in Western Sudan:
Six months ago, militia attacked Fatuma's village. They looted everything - chickens, livestock, household goods and grain. Fatuma's husband was taken away and made to go to Chad.
In Darfur, Western Sudan 1.2 million people have been forced from their homes leaving all their possessions behind. They are fleeing from an orchestrated campaign of violence, abuse and rape.
Many older people suffer severe difficulties in looking after themselves, moving around and earning a living because their eyesight fails. "I was a walking funeral," recalls Ahmed Altoum Jajoub, 60, from West Darfur in Sudan. He had serious problems with cataracts for more than a decade. "If you don't have vision you don't have power."