ACAPS Briefing Note: Jebel Marra - Sudan Displacement (24 February 2016)


Crisis overview

Violence between government forces and the Sudan Liberation Movement led by Abdel Wahid Al Nur (SLM-AW) has persisted in Darfur’s Jebel Marra region since 15 January 2016. At least 100,000 people have been displaced. Over 60,000 people have arrived at three locations in North Darfur including the UNAMID base in Sortoni, IDP sites in Tawila locality and Kebkabiya. An unknown number of people have been displaced to villages and towns in Central Darfur, where severe access restrictions have prevented verification. Displaced people are also hiding in the mountains and at risk of ongoing fighting. Women and children comprise 90% of the displaced. Civilians have been indiscriminately targeted. IDPs are in critical need of humanitarian assistance across all sectors.

Key findings

Anticipated scope and scale

There are no indications that the violence is drawing to an end: as fighting continues, displacement in Jebel Marra will increase. Resources at IDP sites in North Darfur will be further stretched and humanitarian needs will remain unaddressed in Central Darfur as violence continues to prevent access.

Priorities for humanitarian intervention

  • Protection: Women and children comprise 90% of the newly displaced population.

  • WASH: Water supply is below emergency standards in IDP sites.

  • Health: There is a severe shortage of health services in the area.

  • Shelter: IDP sites in North Darfur are stretched beyond capacity. Many people are living in open spaces.

  • Food and nutrition: Most people have fled their homes without food supplies. A number of children have died from malnutrition.

Humanitarian constraints

Severe access restrictions to Central Darfur are hindering efforts to verify the number of IDPs and assess needs. Since the crisis began no assessment missions have been permitted access to Central Darfur.