Overview

Protracted insurgencies are being waged by armed groups across Darfur, and persistent conflict situations in South Kordofan and Blue Nile cause high levels of insecurity. Darfur has been the scene of conflict for over a decade, while violence in Blue Nile and South Kordofan increased significantly after South Sudan gained independence in 2011.  Humanitarian access to conflict zones is severely restricted and remains so despite efforts of the AU and UN to broker a peace agreement and ensure increased humanitarian access.  Violence, food insecurity, malnutrition, and lack of access to basic services have ca used large-scale internal displacement.  According to INFORM, Sudan is at high risk of being overwhelmed by humanitarian crises and disasters (7/10). Hazard, vulnerability, and a lack of coping capacity are at alarming rates of 7.4/10, 6.6/10, and 7/10

Latest Developments

17-20/03: The deputy chair of SPLM-N has resigned due to disputes concerning self-determination, raising the risk of a split in the SPLM-N.

17-20/03: More than 47 suspected new cholera cases were reported in El Gellabat, El Gedaref.?

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Key priorities

Health: Outbreaks, especially of water-borne diseases, are placing strain on limited health services, and medicine shortages are reported country-wide. Health and hygiene promotion is needed to prevent the spread of diseases in many parts of the country. 3.9 are in need of healthcare. ?

Food security: 3.6 million people are facing Crisis and Emergency levels of food insecurity (IPC Phases 3 and 4).?

Protection: Civilians are at risk due to insecurity across Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile. 3.3 million people are in need of protection assistance.?

 

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Information Gaps and needs

  • Access to Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile is strictly limited by the government, making it almost impossible to verify accounts of ceasefire violations from either side of the conflict. 
  • Most of the available data is based on the needs inside refugee and IDP camps, therefore the extent of information is largely limited to the condition of displaced people.
  • Moreover, access restrictions limit data on the numbers and needs of displaced populations: this is currently of particular concern in the Jebel Marra region of Darfur and the Two Areas.

Lessons learned

  • Delivery of aid supplies and services is often challenged by sudden and large increases in the number of new arrivals to IDP and refugee sites. There are frequent logistical and physical challenges to the delivery of assistance, including poor road conditions.?
  • The prevention of aid delivery is regularly used as a weapon of war. The government has previously been accused of only allowing food distributions in areas it controls, refusing permission for assistance to be delivered to civilians in opposition-held areas.?
  • The May­-September dry season is the most challenging time for pastoralists. Insecurity and conflict also hinder the migration of cattle south, resulting in concentrations of livestock. Restricted migratory patterns increase the risk of conflict between farmers and cattle herders as they compete over access to resources.?
  • SGBV is commonly used as a weapon of war in Darfur. Access to survivors is difficult: many are reluctant to come forward due to fear of stigmatisation.?
Key documents

Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium

31/10/2014

Looking back to look ahead? Reviewing key lessons from Operation Lifeline Sudan and past humanitarian operations in South Sudan

Crisis Group Africa

22/04/2015

The Chaos in Darfur

Evolution of the Two Areas Conflict, 2014-15

31/08/2015

Two Fronts, One War

Rapid Support Forces Attacks against Civilians in Darfur, Sudan

30/09/2015

Men With No Mercy