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01 May 2013 description
report Caritas Australia

By Laura Sheahen

“When we first came here, we were getting water from the valley, seven kilometers away.”

Muhammad is a long-time resident of a camp in Darfur for people who fled violence. He remembers what it was like nearly a decade ago, when thousands of desperate people first arrived. “Farmers were settled closer to the valley, so we couldn’t live where the water was. But when we went to get water, they helped us.”

23 Apr 2013 description
report Caritas Australia

Nawal, 27, was a little confused when people showed up at her thatched hut one day, asking about her baby daughter. “They measured her arm to see how thick it was,” she remembers.

One thing wasn’t confusing though: the family was hungry. “At home we don’t have any food,” she says simply. Though her husband earns some money as a daily labourer, there isn’t enough for the four children. “One of our little sons was in school, but he had to drop out. Our situation is bad.”

A decade in the camps

26 Mar 2012 description
report Caritas Australia

Solar power is making an extraordinary difference in camps in Darfur, Sudan, by providing much needed water to those living there.

By Hazel Williams from CAFOD (Caritas England and Wales).

As we enter Khamsadigay camp, which houses just under 20,000 people, we weave through narrow alleys between the temporary structures that people have slowly erected over the last eight or nine years. It’s a Friday morning, so the dusty burnt orange sand tracks are illuminated by groups of flowing white galabiyas – the traditional robes that Dafurian men wear for Friday prayers.

09 May 2006 description
report Caritas Australia

The conflict in Sudan's Darfur region has created one of the world's worst humanitarian crises, with over 200,000 people killed and more than two million displaced in the past three years.

04 Jan 2006 description
report Caritas Australia

Caritas Australia has commenced 2006 with a commitment of AUD 250,000 towards the Darfur Emergency Response Operation.

11 Aug 2005 description
report Caritas Australia


North- South Civil War

Sudan has faced a long drawn out civil war over the last 20 years between the North and South of the country. The rebel Sudan People's Liberation Army had been fighting a guerrilla war against the Government of Sudan with the objective of gaining greater autonomy and services for the people of the mainly Christian and Animist south of the country. On January 9 2005 a peace agreement between the North and South was finally signed and ended the conflict.