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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:

22 Aug 2014 description

To enter Hamadia camp in Sudan’s central Darfur region, you cross a flat lunar like landscape mud brick kilns rise out of the sandy earth like moon craters.

The environmental impact of firing up the kilns is evident – the tree population is decimated, there is no protection from the searing heat of the sun's rays.

01 Aug 2013 description

As fighting in Jonglei State forces 180,000 people from their homes, CAFOD is continuing to support families whose lives have been torn apart by war.

Recent clashes in the troubled South Sudanese state of Jonglei have forced an estimated 180,000 people to flee their homes. With some towns almost completely abandoned, many families are thought to be taking refuge in forests and scrubland, surviving off wild leaves and fruit. Others have fled to Juba, the capital of South Sudan, or crossed into Ethiopia, Kenya or Uganda as refugees.

14 May 2013 description

CAFOD has pledged an immediate £50,000 to support thousands of people who have been forced into North Kordofan in Sudan, because of violence in neighbouring regions.

It is estimated that 30,000 people are now displaced in the town of El Rahad, in North Kordofan – a town close to El Obeid, the capital of North Kordofan, where the Sudanese government is providing them with temporary shelter in local schools. Other people forced from their homes are being hosted by local families in El Obeid city.

25 Feb 2013 description

In 2003, conflict between a range of rebel movements, government-backed militias and the Sudanese armed forces grew into a major humanitarian emergency in the Darfur region of Sudan. There was widespread killing and the destruction of crops, herds and homes.

Since the fighting began, more than two million people have been driven from their homes, and it is estimated that at least 300,000 have died as a result of the conflict. Today, the continued volatility of the region means that most of those living in camps are unable to return to their land or rebuild their villages.

22 Feb 2013 description

What is the history of the crisis?

In 2003, conflict between a range of rebel movements, government-backed militias and the Sudanese armed forces erupted in Sudan’s western region of Darfur. The conflict led to the mass displacement of people, widespread killing and the destruction of crops, herds and homes.

Initially the international community was slow to respond, but in March 2004 the UN Resident Coordinator in Sudan forced the situation to international attention by asserting that Darfur was “the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.”

25 Oct 2012 description

Catherine Mahony
CAFOD – Emergency Response Officer

I often feel that life in refugee camps is misrepresented. I don’t like the images of camps we see on television, in which people always look sad and helpless. I know why we are only shown the horror: it’s undeniably awful that people have had to run from their homes because they’re being bombed, that they’ve had to walk for a month to find safety, that they’re tired and sick and don’t have enough food. But that isn’t the whole picture.

12 Jul 2012 description

When did South Sudan become a new country?

South Sudan became the world’s youngest country after its declaration of independence on 9 July 2011. This marked the culmination of a political process started in 2005, when the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) ending 22 years of war, was signed. Those agreements resulted in a timetable by which South Sudan would have a referendum on its independence. The vote was held in January 2011, and the outcome was a resounding ‘yes’, which prevailed with nearly 99% of the ballots.

08 Jul 2011 description

What has happened?

24 May 2011 description

In a recent article for The Guardian Online, Bishop Rudolf Deng Majak, of Wau, southern Sudan, reminds Liam Fox that aid is vital.

After the UK Defence Secretary's objections to ringfencing the overseas aid and development budget were leaked, Bishop Rudolph Deng Majak reminds us of just how far that 0.7% will stretch in countries like Sudan.

13 Aug 2010 description

We are teaching people, forced to flee in southern Sudan, how to fix water pumps so they can ensure people in their villages have clean and safe water

Angelina Juma fled her home with her family of six children. She used to get water close by, "it was regular and clean", she explains. But where she now lives in Nazerete, the closest water is four miles away. It takes two-hours, carrying heavy jerrycans, to walk there and back.

"When we get back, we find our children crying. And the time taken stops us doing business.

01 Oct 2009 description

Executive Summary

This report analyses the current state of global humanitarian reform efforts from an NGO perspective by synthesising a series of mapping studies carried out between November 2008 and February 2009 that looked at humanitarian reform in five different countries: Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Sudan and Zimbabwe. Lessons from other contexts are also brought in to strengthen the analysis and provide an overview of humanitarian reform.

16 Apr 2008 description

A pregnant woman having her tummy checked by doctor in the health centre in Um Labassa camp.

25 Oct 2007 description

CAFOD urges the African Union and UN to be clear about how to make the upcoming Darfur peace talks in Libya fully inclusive

The African Union (AU) and the United Nations will be chairing peace talks on October 27 in the hope of securing a peace agreement for the western Sudanese region of Darfur.

The peace talks come as Darfur experiences a fresh cycle of violence and increased insecurity making it even more difficult for humanitarian agencies to safely and adequately deliver life-saving aid to the most vulnerable.

02 Aug 2007 description

Nigerian troops, part of the African Union contingent in Darfur, on patrol in Labado.

CAFOD welcomes the decision by the UN Security Council to deploy 26,000 peacekeepers to Darfur, but urges more action on a peace process

CAFOD welcomes the decision by the United Nations Security Council to deploy an African Union/United Nations hybrid force of 26,000 peacekeepers, to protect civilians in the troubled region of Darfur.

But the agency also urges that the new UN-AU force should not be seen as the sole solution.

02 Aug 2007 description

As the camps grow larger around small towns in Darfur, conflict between communities is a daily threat. CAFOD's partners are encouraging people to talk and live together peacefully

"No society is free from problems," says Ahmed, a young man in one of Darfur's many camps.

"We are altogether here in the camp united by our situation, but when there is a problem, people often divide into groups based on their origin," he says.

16 May 2007 description

CAFOD director Chris Bain has travelled to Darfur to see how your donations can help those affected by the spiralling humanitarian and security crisis in this region of Sudan

During a week long visit, Chris is visiting the camps to see for himself the life-saving work that CAFOD has been supporting as well as meeting with ACT/Caritas staff and with key UN officials from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

More than 200,000 people have been killed and two million others driven from their homes since clashes first erupted between Sudanese government forces, …

11 Sep 2006 description


Situation in the camps

The situation for people living in and around the camps in Darfur remains dire.