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Sudan emergency


Sudan emergency

Deadly conflict in Sudan has forced over 7.5 million people to flee their homes. 

As the violence continues to escalate, people are desperately seeking safety and protection, both inside Sudan and in bordering countries such as Chad, South Sudan, Egypt, Ethiopia, and the Central African Republic.
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Countless people remain terrified inside Sudan, and those who have fled across the country’s many borders are in need of help, often finding themselves in places where access is extremely hard and resources strained. Humanitarians are working hard to respond but we need – once again - to call on countries and individuals with the means, to step up and provide the resources so we can help people who have lost everything.

Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees


Deadly armed conflict between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in Sudan and the resumption of inter-communal violence in the Darfur region has forced millions of people from their homes. Since the violence broke out on 15 April, many civilians have been killed, while hundreds of thousands of families have been on the move, in dire need of protection and assistance.

Many are arriving at remote border areas, finding very few services to support them. Most of those displaced are women and children and other vulnerable people such as the elderly, people with disabilities, and people with medical conditions.

Recent heavy fighting in central Al Jazirah State and in the western Darfur region has forced hundreds of thousands more people from their homes. The violence has reached Wad Madani, the capital of Al Jazirah State, which had been hosting over half a million people displaced from other areas of Sudan, mainly Khartoum, including 7,000 refugees. Many have now been displaced for a second time.

What is UNHCR doing to help?   

UNHCR emergency teams have been working around the clock with authorities and partners to support new arrivals and set up transit centres in countries neighbouring Sudan, including Chad, Central African Republic, Ethiopia, and South Sudan. UNHCR is providing life-saving support such as food, water, and access to health services, and relocating newly-arrived refugees to existing and new camps away from borders.

Nearly 400,000 South Sudanese refugees who had been living in Sudan before the conflict have returned to their country. UNHCR is working closely with local authorities to set up transit centres near the border and to help returnees travel onwards to their home areas.

Meanwhile, inside Sudan, UNHCR is assisting both refugees and internally displaced people with shelter, protection and non-food items, as the security situation allows.

To scale up support, UNHCR is working with host governments to coordinate a regional response plan with 140 partners, including UN agencies, national and international NGOs, and civil society groups, to assist refugees, returnees, and third-country nationals in five neighbouring countries.


Are you a refugee or asylum-seeker in Sudan? Find information about your rights and available services on our HELP site.

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Are you looking for data on displacement in Sudan? Visit the UNHCR data portal for the latest data and statistics on refugees and other displaced persons.

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Operational updates

For information on UNHCR's operational response, budgets and funding, please visit the Sudan page on Global Focus.

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