2013 marks ten years since the start of the conflict in Darfur, western Sudan. For nine of those ten years Tearfund has been operating on the ground in the region, responding first to immediate emergency needs but with time focusing more on addressing longer-term recovery and development needs.
According to figures released by the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in December 2012, Darfur still has humanitarian needs, with approximately 3.5 million people receiving food aid, including some 1.4 million displaced people registered in camps. Many of these people have been living in camps for years.
What do we do in Darfur?
Tearfund’s programme in Darfur aims to provide people with long-term and sustainable ways to regain control of their own lives. This includes helping people to generate their own livelihoods; improving nutrition, food security, water and sanitation; promoting hygiene; supporting vulnerable groups such as children, and responding to emergency needs as and when they arise. In 2012 alone, an estimated 300,000 people in Darfur benefited from Tearfund’s work.
But, even now, as the conflict continues, over 200,000 people have been newly displaced in Darfur in the last 6 months