• Crisis Severity ?
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Impact ?
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Humanitarian Conditions ?
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Complexity ?
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Access Constraints ?
    No constraints
    Extreme constraints

Key figures

  • 1,281,000 People in Need [?]
  • 0 Moderate humanitarian conditions - Level 3 [?]
  • 631,000 Severe humanitarian conditions - Level 4 [?]



Chad hosts around 370,000 Sudanese refugees from Darfur. Most of the refugees are living in  refugee camps and host communities in the regions of Ennedi-Est, Wadi Fira, Ouaddai and Sila, all near Chad’s border with Sudan.? The majority of the refugees arrived in Chad following escalation of the Darfur crisis in 2003-04, though continuing violence has led to periodic new waves of arrivals.?

Even though many Darfur refugees have been in Chad for more than a decade, the overall level of humanitarian needs remains very high. Among refugees in camps, access to income generating opportunities is generally very low, which plays a role in driving needs for support for food security and livelihoods.  ? Access to WASH and health services is  limited, partially as a result of outdated infrastructure in camps, often more than 15 years old. ?In refugee-hosting regions of eastern Chad, the rate of access to potable water is estimated to be only about 50%. ?  Humanitarian needs have been negatively impacted by significant funding shortfalls and a declining level of food assistance provided to refugees from Darfur in recent years.?

Latest Developments


No significant recent humanitarian developments. This crisis is being monitored by our analysis team.

Humanitarian Access


High constraints

The volatile security situation, combined with a lack of basic infrastructure, restricts humanitarian access. People in need often have limited access to services as a result of insecurity, particularly in the Lac region and several areas in the south and east. Armed group attacks along the border areas with Niger and Nigeria further hamper access. Interference in humanitarian activities is a concern, with lengthy registration and visa processes continuing to impede access and the entry of humanitarian staff into the country. Insecurity in the Lac region has led to an increase in displacement, and has limited access to basic services and humanitarian aid for the affected population. Most of Chad experiences seasonal floods – the rainy season usually lasts from April–October – making the delivery of aid more difficult. Physical constraints, such as poor road conditions and the many islands in the Lac region, also negatively affect the delivery of aid.

Read more in the latest ACAPS Humanitarian Access Overview.