Many children have grown up in the camps
in Darfur and do not know any other
way of life.
The Darfur crisis remains one of the world's largest concentrations of human suffering.
- Almost 5 million people in Darfur and eastern Chad now live in need of humanitarian aid
- 2.8 million people have been forced to flee their homes due to violence
Since early 2003, ongoing violence has forced thousands more of people to flee every month. Yet aid workers in the region are finding it increasingly difficult and dangerous to reach the people in need. When the licences of 16 aid agencies were revoked in March 2009, the precarious situation on the ground became dire.
Oxfam is there
We are currently helping more than 235,000 people in Darfur and eastern Chad by:
- ensuring access to clean water and sanitation and hygiene programmes to people living in diffilcult conditions in camps;
- carrying out public health education programmes to prevent the spread of disease;
- providing assistance in restoring incomes, fuel-efficient stoves;
- distributing basic necessities such as blankets, soap and jerry cans for carrying water;
- helping people to find an alternative to relying on external aid through livelihoods projects. Many people affected by the conflict no longer have the means to make a dignified living: farmers who have been displaced from their land, herders who have lost their animals, and widows who are trying to raise children alone. Oxfam partners offer grants and small business loans, as well as assets like donkeys, donkey carts, seeds, and ploughs;
- our fuel-efficient stove programme is helping protect Darfur’s fragile environment by reducing the need for firewood and charcoal. Last year a workshop was launched that is now employing displaced people to assemble more than 9,000 stoves for distribution;
- rehabilitating a nursery, and planting tens of thousands of tree seedlings around camps and schools for displaced people.
The escalating violence that has gripped Darfur in recent weeks has forced over 100,000 civilians to flee their homes and villages. Many of the Darfuris who have fled have no access to essential humanitarian assistance and are unable to reach safety. Oxfam has launched a response aimed at reaching more than 90,000 people with clean water, emergency latrines, and critical supplies like plastic sheeting for shelter and soap to help prevent outbreaks of disease.
One year after South Sudan’s independence on July 9, the young country is facing its worst humanitarian crisis since the end of the war in 2005, under the weight of severe economic meltdown and ongoing conflict. Long-term and emergency efforts to help nearly half the population, who don’t have enough to eat, could be derailed by an economy out of control, warned the international aid agency Oxfam.
South Sudan is facing its most violent year since the end of the civil war in 2005, international agency Oxfam warned today, and it urged the UN Security Council, as it visits the region, to ensure that civilians are better protected.