Sudan: Darfur Profile May 2014

from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 31 May 2014


In Darfur, conflict and insecurity continue in the absence of a comprehensive political settlement between the Government and the main armed movements.

Meanwhile, an intensification of fighting between Government forces, with allied paramilitary groups, and armed movements as well as inter-tribal fighting, has heightened insecurity in the region.

Some 3.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in Darfur. Over 2 million people remain displaced, including 380,000 people who were newly displaced in 2013, more than in any single year since the height of the conflict in 2004. So far in 2014 an estimated 301,000 people have been displaced by insecurity and violence in Darfur. Of these people, roughly 182,500 remain displaced while some 119,000 people were displaced but have subsequently returned to their homes.

Resources allocated to addressing the humanitarian needs of people affected by insecurity in Darfur have continued to decline since 2009. Darfur has also seen a corresponding drop in the number of aid workers since this time. As of 30 June 2009, the number of national and international aid workers in Darfur dropped from a pre-expulsion level of 17,700 aid workers to 12,658 aid workers. As of 30 November 2013, only 6,850 aid workers in international organisations remain in Darfur.

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