Darfur ten years on

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

  • 22 August 2013 - Given what she has been through, the smile of Mariam’s face is an amazing sight.

  • 7 May 2013 - Tens of thousands of people in Darfur have been displaced by renewed fighting in recent weeks. As they have over the last nine years, Tearfund teams are responding to help these people who in many cases have fled with little or nothing.

  • Here you'll find previous prayer newsletters and powerpoints to help guide your prayers and talks.

  • 2013 marks ten years since the start of the conflict in Darfur, western Sudan. As we reflect and pray, we can give thanks for the work that has been done to plant seeds of hope and change to people's lives.

  • Babies and young children are vulnerable even at the best of times – and in times of conflict, help from agencies like Tearfund can mean the difference between life and death.

  • Mujamaa Al Salaam school in Kass town, Darfur had been overcrowded and falling down. Then Tearfund, working in partnership with the headmaster, helped construct a new building. Now pupils and teachers are celebrating 'one of the best schools in Kass'.

  • Khadija could spend five to six hours every day travelling on foot to collect firewood to cook for her family. But the arrival of something as simple as a fuel-efficient stove has changed her life.

  • Where you 'go' makes all the difference to good health and survival in Darfur. With rainfall on the decline and 1.4 million people still crowding into camps, clean water and decent sanitation are at the top of our agenda.

I am so happy for this assistance. All I can say is “alhamdullilah” – thanks be to God. Tearfund saved my child.
Madeena, mother of three, Darfur