In support of on-going IDP and refugee returns and reintegration in Darfur, the Protection Sector will maintain efforts to ensure respect for the principles of voluntary, safe and dignified returns as well as local integration.
• New displacements are on-going in Darfur and the border areas, with limited presence of protection-focused actors to address current abuses and prevent further ones.
• Women and girls are at particular risk from sexual and physical violence and gender-based violence (GBV) referral systems have identified cases where they are too fearful of cultural stigma to seek support or redress
• Children are at risk of being recruited by armed groups, with over 600 registered as recently released from such groups and in need of reintegration support
• Conflict and displacement have seen over 1,700 children in Sudan separated from their families, leaving them vulnerable and open to exploitation, according to official databases.
• With a significant human rights legal framework in Sudan, legal structures require reinforcement to fight the impunity of perpetrators of violence, especially against women and children.
• With respect to the 220,000 people of South Sudanese origin in Sudan as estimated by the Government, the focus for the Protection Sector is to support their voluntary movement in safety and dignity to South Sudan or to support the regularization of their stay in Sudan. Of particular concern is the humanitarian status of an estimated 40,000 living in open areas around Khartoum.