'It is with extreme disappointment that we have received notification from the government of Sudan that our work in Sudan is to be closed down. We have issued a new statement about this which is available on our website.
Sudan, once the largest nation in Africa, is home to one Africa's geographical highlights: the confluence of the Nile’s main tributaries the Blue Nile and White Nile in the capital, Khartoum. It is also home to many of the ancient pyramids.
Yet, the beauty of the vast landscape and diverse culture is overshadowed by prolonged conflict. Sudan has seen intermittent civil wars in different regions since achieving independence from Anglo-Egyptian rule in 1956. In January 2011 a referendum took place which led to the largely - but not exclusively - Christian south gaining independence from the mostly Islamic north.
However, it was in 2003, when violence erupted in the Darfur region that Sudan rose to prominence in headlines. At the end of 2014 an estimated seventy thousand have died as a result of fighting, along with conflict-induced malnutrition and disease. There are a further 3.5 million displaced people in Darfur.
The humanitarian situation continues to be driven by conflict and displacement. With limited media coverage and humanitarian and development responses underfunded, this is a forgotten region. However the scale of need and human suffering continues to increase.
Our work in Country
Tearfund has been working across Sudan for more than 40 years. In response to the widespread violence in Darfur in 2003, Tearfund deployed an Operational Team to help meet the humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable, targeting Internally Displaced People (IDPs). Since 2004 Tearfund’s response in Darfur has been helping communities become more resilient in the face of various challenges.
- Provision of hygiene kits, blankets, mosquito nets, jerry cans and other essential items.
- Training communities on basic hygiene practice and solid waste management to prevent the spread of disease.
- Running feeding and care programmes for malnourished children and nursing mothers.
- Constructing semi- permanent classrooms for children to receive formal education in a safe environment.
- Supporting livelihood incentives through training for local farmers and women's groups.