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Caritas Sudan

On July 9, 2011, Sudan became two separate nations-Sudan and South Sudan. While decades of civil war have ended, unresolved conflicts persist in Sudan’s border areas. Due to a loss of oil revenue, Sudan is also embroiled in an economic crisis.

Meanwhile in Darfur, the conflict continues and the region remains the site of one of the world’s largest humanitarian operations.

One positive development is that, in areas where there is stability, the number of refugees and internally displaced people returning to their homes is on the rise. These families require support in order to rebuild their lives.

Caritas Sudan, known as Sudanaid, was founded in 1972. It has played a major role in emergency aid, social welfare and development in a country where extreme poverty affects 8 in 10 people. The national office is currently non-operational.

However, Caritas Internationalis continues to provide relief and development operations through the dioceses of El Obeid and Khartoum and through its programmes in Darfur.

War broke out in Darfur region in 2003. It has remained one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises over the last decade. At least 3.4 million people in Darfur need humanitarian assistance today, a figure which includes 1.4 million displaced people (IDPs) in camps receiving food aid.

Life is difficult in the camps, but families receive health care, food, water and other essentials funded through Caritas and ACT Alliance of Protestant and Orthodox church organisations. The aim of the unique ecumenical coalition is to provide vital services to communities and help people become more self-sufficient.

Catholic Relief Services (CRS is a Caritas member based in the USA) also currently serves more than 600,000 people in Khartoum and Darfur.

Caritas Updates from Sudan

  • Throwing a lifeline to Darfur

Throwing a lifeline to Darfur

  • 28 January 2016
The needs of those displaced or who have been affected by the conflict in Darfur are great and wide-ranging. They range from basic needs such as water and shelter and access to health facilities but also to longer-term needs such as education and retraining and rebuilding their livelihoods.
  • Inside Calais’s migrant camp

Inside Calais’s migrant camp

  • 28 August 2015
For some migrants, Calais is the last stage of their journey before reaching the United Kingdom. For others, it’s a limbo. “Jungle 2” is a new site for the migrants, tolerated by the local authorities. There are between 2000 and 3000 people there. Secours Catholique (Caritas France) is working with others to improve the conditions there.