Sudan: help for families fleeing violence
14 May 2013
We have pledged an immediate £50,000 to support thousands of people who have been forced into North Kordofan in Sudan, because of violence in neighbouring regions.
It is estimated that 30,000 people are now displaced in the town of El Rahad, in North Kordofan – a town close to El Obeid, the capital of North Kordofan, where the Sudanese government is providing them with temporary shelter in local schools. Other people forced from their homes are being hosted by local families in El Obeid city.
Our partners, the Diocese of El Obeid and SIDO (the Sub-Saharan International Development Organisation), raised the alarm when hundreds of people started to cross over the border into North Kordofan, in desperate need of food, water and shelter. We responded to their request for support, and food aid has already reached people in need as a result.
George Were, our Programme Manager in Sudan, said: “The people initially arrived in waves. They had been forced from their homes by fighting in South Kordofan, and they were hungry, thirsty and exhausted. The lucky ones managed to come in on trucks, but the majority faced the gruelling ordeal of walking for days to safety. Many of them reportedly spoke of having a good living in their places of origin, but now they face total deprivation, having left everything behind as they fled for safety.”
We are working closely with SIDO and the Diocese of El Obeid to provide humanitarian aid to more than 2,500 people sheltering in one of the schools in El Rahad. The families are each being given a food basket consisting of sugar, rice, lentils, oil, salt, wheat flour and milk powder – the latter for use in tea.
George Were added: “CAFOD will continue to work with partners to save lives and alleviate the suffering of families, giving them the urgent humanitarian support they need. Family members say that they want to go back home. At this stage, it is not clear when they might be able to return, but when they do they will need support in re-starting their lives.”
CAFOD and SIDO are already working with national agencies such as the Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) and the Sudanese Red Crescent (SRC), to ensure that those in greatest need are reached with vital humanitarian aid.
Our work in Sudan includes an emergency education and livelihoods programme with the most vulnerable communities in Khartoum and North Kordofan states. We also work in Upper Nile State in neighbouring South Sudan, supporting refugees from Blue Nile state.