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1.7 million people, like this Sudanese family, have been displaced by ongoing violence.
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Latest Sudan Fact Sheet

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Key Developments

As of early March, clashes in Darfur Region’s Jebel Marra area—a mountainous region that encompasses parts of Central Darfur, North Darfur, and South Darfur and is largely under rebel control—had displaced more than 105,000 people, according to the UN. Relief agencies have been unable to access many of the internally displaced persons because of Government of Sudan (GoS)-imposed access constraints.

A new report from the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network projects that more than 4 million Sudanese will continue to face acute food insecurity between March–September 2016.

Since the start of the viral hemorrhagic fever outbreak in August 2015, the GoS Ministry of Health and USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance partners have recorded more than 560 suspected cases and more than 100 associated deaths.

Background

Sudan continues to cope with the effects of conflict, economic shocks, and perennial environmental hazards, such as drought and flooding, while insecurity, access restrictions, and bureaucratic impediments limit the ability of relief agencies to respond effectively to humanitarian and recovery needs.

Since 2003, the complex emergency in the Darfur region of western Sudan has affected more than 4.7 million people, including more than 1.4 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) who remain in camps, according to the U.N. An upsurge in conflict among the Sudanese Armed Forces, armed opposition groups, militias, and ethnic groups displaced more people—both internally and as refugees to neighboring countries—in the first six months of 2013 than in 2011 and 2012 combined.

In Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states, Sudan’s “Two Areas,” fighting that began in mid-2011 between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North continues. The conflict has severely affected or displaced more than 1.1 million people within the Two Areas and caused more than 234,000 people to flee to neighboring countries, mostly South Sudan, according to the U.N.

The United States has declared disasters in Sudan due to complex emergency each year since 1987. As the largest international donor of humanitarian aid in Sudan, the United States continues to provide impartial, needs-based assistance to all accessible areas and populations, including displaced and otherwise conflict-affected people, individuals living in IDP camps, local communities hosting IDPs, and formerly-displaced returnees.

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    Last updated: March 15, 2016

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