Sudan is experiencing multiple challenges including an economic crisis, natural disasters, the COVID-19 pandemic, protracted refugee situations, and armed conflicts that have displaced people inside their own country. Inflation has caused the cost of food in Sudan to skyrocket and put other essentials out of reach of most people.
Prior to the recent conflict outbreak, Sudan was already facing a humanitarian crisis due to extreme weather shocks, social and political unrest and rising food prices that continue to drive poverty, hunger and displacement. Across Sudan there are an estimated 13.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, including 1.1 million refugees from other countries and 2.5 million Sudanese who have been displaced internally.
The IRC supports people impacted by conflict and crisis, including women, children, the elderly, persons with disabilities, refugees, mixed populations, and host communities. We provide an integrated health, nutrition and water, sanitation, and hygiene program that maintains basic service provision while actively working to increase local capacity to sustain the service provision. We also provide child protection services and comprehensive women and girls' protection and empowerment services.
As the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance in Sudan grows and more refugees are expected to arrive from Ethiopia, the IRC is looking to scale up our current support, add new services by increasing support for women affected by gender-based violence, while expanding to other parts of the country. Your gift allows us to deliver comprehensive help to people affected by humanitarian crises around the world, and will be used where and when most needed.