Sudan Humanitarian Situation: The humanitarian situation in Sudan continued to worsen during July-August. With 177,350 people newly displaced between January-August 2022. West Darfur has one of the highest ratios of acutely food insecure people in Sudan. IPC estimates that 11.7 million people in the country are acutely food insecure.
KHARTOUM SEPTEMBER 21: The humanitarian situation in Sudan continued to worsen during July-August 2022, with 177,350 people newly displaced between January-August 2022, including 126,000 newly displaced people in Darfur (accounting for about 71 per cent of all newly displaced people in 2022). Some parts of Darfur, especially West Darfur State are experiencing a double whammy of local conflict, displacement and food insecurity.
According to the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) update on food insecurity in Sudan, West Darfur has one of the highest ratios of acutely food insecure people in Sudan. Almost every second person in West Darfur is estimated to be experiencing crisis or worse levels of food insecurity (IPC Phases 3 and up).
IPC’s latest update on food security in Sudan issued in June estimates that 11.7 million people in the country are acutely food insecure between June and September 2022, the peak of the lean season.
With the rainy season in full swing and approaching its peak between August and September, over 293,000 people have been affected by torrential rains and floods.
Humanitarian partners reached 7.1 million people across Sudan with some form of humanitarian assistance between January-June 2022. This is 65 per cent of the 10.9 million people targeted for assistance under the 2022 HRP, while they received only about 20 per cent of the funds requested. About 5.2 million people received food and livelihood assistance, close to 2 million people were provided with access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, almost 1.9 million people were reached with mine action activities, and about 0.9 million people were covered with healthcare services.
Moreover, close to 850,000 children were provided with nutrition services and nutritional supplements, 775,000 vulnerable people were reached with protection activities and 550,000 refugees received various forms of assistance, protection and support.
The reduction in funding compared to previous years limits the partners’ ability to respond, resulting in children not being able to fulfil their right to education. As the situation in Sudan worsens and fewer resources are made available for partners, the number of vulnerable families may increase because of the absence of programs.
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