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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:

19 May 2016 description


In the second week of January 2016, tension and dispute between the Arab and local tribes led to displacement of unknown number of people from Muli and other ten surrounding cluster villages in Geneina locality. While some people reportedly remained in the villages, a number of others fled to neighboring villages, Geneina town and Chad.

The exact number of people displaced remained unknown, although the HAC estimated that nearly 5,000 were displaced to Geneina town at the beginning of the crisis.

26 Oct 2015 description

Climate change is being held largely to blame for two consecutive seasons of failed and erratic rains in 2015. Catholic Relief Services is supporting efforts to manage the crisis, but is urging preparedness as the El Niño weather disturbance could mean more lost harvests well into 2016.

26 Aug 2013 description

Catholic Relief Services is providing assistance to thousands of people affected by deadly flooding after heavy rains in Sudan that has impacted more than 300,000 people and killed nearly 50, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The area around Khartoum, Sudan’s capital, has been hit the hardest.

27 Apr 2012 description

Recent clashes between the newly independent South Sudan and its northern neighbor, Sudan, have raised fears that the two countries are sliding back toward war. CRS’ Sudan advisor, Dan Griffin, is currently in Juba, South Sudan’s capital, and spoke with us about the problems between the two countries and what a full-scale war could mean for the Sudanese people.

What is currently happening along the border between Sudan and South Sudan?

16 Mar 2012 description

With hundreds killed this week in fresh ethnic violence in South Sudan what is the situation like in the world’s newest independent nation? The U.N. says some 350,000 people were displaced because of intercommunal violence in South Sudan last year, an impoverished country which is awash with small arms following decades of conflict .

04 Jan 2012 description

As the one-year anniversary of South Sudan’s referendum approaches, we spoke with Dan Griffin, CRS’ Sudan Advisor, who traveled to South Sudan for its referendum on Jan. 9, 2011 as well as the country’s independence celebrations six months later. He also recently attended the International Engagement Conference for South Sudan, held in Washington, DC, that addressed the country’s strategic development priorities and opportunities for engagement with the public and private sector.

Q: What did the referendum mean for Southern Sudanese?

25 Oct 2011 description

CRS Spearheads a USAID-Sponsored Learning Initiative to Fight Hunger with Keyhole Garden Technology

Nairobi, Kenya, October 24, 2011 – Catholic Relief Services (CRS) will host a four day workshop “Home-Grown” Keyhole Gardens for Disaster Risk Reduction Learning Initiative in Lesotho from October 25-28, which aims to spread the knowledge of this simple program that can have significant impact on food insecurity and malnutrition.

07 Jul 2011 description

By Kim Pozniak, Catholic Relief Services

JUBA, Republic of South Sudan—The streets of Juba are bustling as people from around the world arrive to celebrate the birth of a new nation: The Republic of South Sudan. Sidewalks are swept clean, smiling children practice songs and dances, workers at the airport patch the tarmac while the national choir practices the new national anthem.

Like so many other nations before, the Republic of South Sudan suffered decades of war on its way to independence. The fighting finally ended with a peace agreement in 2005.

01 Jul 2011 description

Andy Schaefer, CRS technical adviser for emergency coordination, who was in Agok, Sudan working to assist some of the more than 100,000 people displaced by recent violence in the contested border area of Abyei, Sudan. He shares with us his impressions from the field.

10 Jun 2011 description

Andy Schaefer, CRS technical adviser for emergency coordination, is in Agok, Sudan working to assist some of the more than 90,000 people displaced by recent violence in the contested border area of Abyei, Sudan. He shares with us his impressions from the field.

06 Apr 2011 description

By Sara A. Fajardo

It's 10 a.m. in the village of Lualdit, and health care worker Elijah Lual Makuei, 32, has already seen 12 patients. His latest arrivals are a woman and a toddler donning a pink bunny-eared hat. The mother is concerned: Her daughter suffers from recurring fevers. In a part of the world where malaria kills more children under age 5 than any other disease, even a slight spike in temperature is a cause for worry.

31 Mar 2011 description

On Wednesday March 30, Catholic Relief Services officially resumed food distributions after a two-month suspension in West Darfur. More than 22,900 people in four different locations received a two-month supply of food. CRS thanks all of our supporters who helped us to successfully continue our work in the region. On average CRS serves more than 500,000 people in West Darfur each year.

28 Mar 2011 description

Catholic Relief Services is pleased to announce that we have resumed our operations in West Darfur. We are working with the local government to ensure that food distributions begin immediately. We appreciate all the support we have received for our vital work serving more than 500,000 people in Darfur.

26 Mar 2011 description

BALTIMORE, MD, March 26, 2011-Catholic Relief Services (CRS) announced today that the agency will be forced to close its food program in West Darfur, Sudan at the end of this month. The closure will deprive more than 400,000 people of vital monthly food distributions. The agency has been unable to resume its humanitarian operations in Darfur since government authorities suspended CRS operations there in late January.

"Hundreds of thousands of people have been cut off from aid," said CRS President Ken Hackett.

18 Feb 2011 description

Executive Summary

The findings of the 2010/11 Annual Needs and Livelihood Analysis (ANLA) indicate an improvement in food security compared to 2009. About 9.7% of the population will be severely food insecure compared to 21% in 2009. This severely food insecure is the segment of the population that is generally unable to meet their food and non-food needs from April onwards and would require unconditional humanitarian food and non-food transfers.

10 Jan 2011 description

Karina O'Meara is a CRS Business Development and Communications Program manager in Juba, Sudan. She reports on Sudanese leaving the north to start new lives in southern Sudan.

It was mid-morning when we arrived at the Juba River Port last week and it was jostling with the sounds of people unloading bedding, horses, cars, and cooking supplies from the four open-air containers that flanked a large passenger boat.

20 Sep 2010 description

Catholic Relief Services encourages people to pay attention to the situation in Sudan, where CRS is working to build peace in an often volatile nation. Sudan, the largest country in Africa, is at a crossroads. It could follow a path that leads to the first prolonged period of peace and prosperity in its half-century of independence, or a path back to violence: the kind that killed and displaced millions of people in southern Sudan before.