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Sudan crisis: Appeal for donations launched as millions need urgent support

24 April 2024
Sudan crisis - Water pumps

Women and children collecting safe drinking water from a newly constructed water pump.

The war in Sudan has forced millions of people to flee their homes - and these families now face a hunger crisis.

We have launched an emergency appeal for funding to help families caught up in this crisis. So many people have had to evacuate their homes, that Sudan is now grappling with the largest internal displacement crisis globally, and more than 3 million children are among those displaced.

At least 25 million Sudanese need immediate, emergency help. Families are already going hungry and famine is looming. This crisis threatens to become the worst in living memory.

Telley Sadia, CAFOD's Country Representative for Sudan

An estimated 8 million people are at risk of famine-like conditions by June, when Sudan’s crucial growing season begins, without further support.

But Telley Sadia, CAFOD’s Country Representative for Sudan, tells us that Church partners can still make a difference:

“CAFOD is on the ground in Sudan and neighbouring countries, working tirelessly alongside local partners. The situation is dire. Countless women and children, starving and traumatised, face unbearable circumstances.”

Sudan is in a hunger crisis

Five million people are experiencing emergency levels of food insecurity, with catastrophic conditions prevailing in areas like West and Central Darfur, where conflict has been most intense.

Serious disease outbreaks, including cholera, further exacerbate this hunger crisis, with two-thirds of the population lacking access to healthcare.

Telley and others used the Sudan International Humanitarian Conference in Paris on Monday 15 April as platform to call for further, urgent support:

“We call on donor governments and leaders to swiftly allocate the US$2.7 billion required for Sudan's relief efforts, ensuring funds reach local responders promptly. The situation demands not just attention but decisive action to prevent further devastation.

"As CAFOD and local partners work tirelessly on the ground, the international community must step up to provide the necessary support and resources to alleviate the suffering of the Sudanese people.”

The need for a ceasefire

Pope Francis urged the world to resist "the logic of weapons" in his Easter message at the Vatican. “May the Lord open paths of peace on the African continent, especially for the suffering peoples in Sudan and in the entire region of the Sahel, in the Horn of Africa.”

What can I do to help?

Donate to the Sudan Crisis Appeal

The war in Sudan has forced millions of families to flee their homes. Now those caught up in the conflict are facing yet another crisis – hunger.

Pray for peace in Sudan

We ask the Lord to open the paths of peace as we pray for the people of Sudan who are facing conflict and hunger.

Parish fundraising

Hold a collection or fundraiser in your parish to get urgent support to families affected by the crisis in Sudan.

Donate to help refugees fleeing conflict

Interview with CAFOD's Head of Africa

Kayode Akintola, CAFOD's Head of Africa, explains more about the current situation and what you can do to help.

CAFOD Head of Africa - Kayode Akintola

CAFOD's Head of Africa, Kayode Akintola

Have you visited Sudan recently?

I visited in February 2023, and I can tell you, during my visit, I saw a very amazing set of people, people who just want a good life, people who just want a better society in which to live.

It's very shocking. Some of the places that I drove through or visited have seen destruction and people not being able to go about their normal life.

CAFOD is working alongside other agencies from the Caritas Internationalis network to support those most affected by the conflict.

It's very shocking. Some of the places that I drove through or visited have seen destruction and people not being able to go about their normal life.

Kayode Akintola, CAFOD's Head of Africa

What work do CAFOD supporters help to fund in Sudan?

CAFOD has been working in Sudan since the 1970s, and we support agriculture production, but also livelihood opportunities, particularly for smallholder farmers and women.

Sudan is also host to people who are looking for safety and had at least 20 refugee camps. We helped deliver clean water and sanitation in those camps and in host communities. Some of these refugees have fled from neighbouring countries because of the effects of climate change, and many are fleeing fighting.

Now, sadly, Sudan is itself in deep conflict as well. Some of our Sudan offices and their staff have had to be relocated due to the crisis. I am grateful to God that our staff and partners are safe at the moment.

What can we do to help with the Sudan conflict here in the UK?

Two things for now, are very immediate.

Please pray for Sudan. Please pray for the people of Sudan, pray for the peace of Sudan. That would be my very first, my very first appeal.

The second one is please speak to your MPs. Ask the government to act now. The international community must also demand the protection of civilians and pursue justice for victims of war crimes.

This is the time to actually make every effort to save every life because every life counts.

In a collective statement, the Catholic Bishops in Sudan and South Sudan urge the UN, the US, the UK and Norway - also referred to as the Troika - and other members of the international community to intensify their respective efforts to end the ongoing violence in Sudan.

The bishops also call for the continuation of 'necessary support' to those affected by the violence.

What is next for your work in Sudan?

Thankfully, we have been able to allocate over £250,000 of previous donations, which has already been sent to our teams and partners in South Sudan so that refugee families can be helped quickly.

However, the looming hunger crisis and conflict means the numbers of people crossing the borders is only going to get higher.

The UN Security Council urges an immediate ceasefire in Sudan and has emphasised the need for swift aid delivery and civilian protection. Action now is crucial.

We have been able to allocate over £250,000 of previous donations, which has already been sent to our teams and partners in South Sudan so that refugee families can be helped quickly

Kayode Akintola, CAFOD's Head of Africa

What gives you hope?

Even in the midst of all these killings, there have been efforts by people within communities to try to reach out to one another. People are sharing food supplies. People are wanting to share what they have, and that is the reality of how people in Sudan want to live.

People are looking forward to having a democratic government, so communities can really thrive. And people can really go about their life, without fear and in an atmosphere of peace, without conflict.