• Crisis Severity ?
    4.3
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Impact ?
    3.4
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Humanitarian Conditions ?
    4.9
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Complexity ?
    3.7
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Access Constraints ?
    4.0
    No constraints
    Extreme constraints

Key figures

  • 48,000,000 Total population [?]
  • 146,000 People displaced [?]
  • 695 Fatalities reported [?]
  • 8,040,000 People in Need [?]

Overview

09/08/2022

Intercommunal clashes between tribes in Darfur and Kordofan regions have been increasing since June 2021. Historically, both regions have been experiencing intercommunal violence triggered by disputes over land, water resources, and livestock ownership between armed members of nomadic Arabs tribes and ethnic African tribes. Disputes often result in fatalities and injuries also among unarmed members of the tribes, including women and children. Clashes cause displacement, death of livestock, and damage to shops and houses, increasing the population’s humanitarian needs across all sectors. In Darfur and Kordofan regions, at least 138,000 people were displaced between January–July because of intercommunal clashes. Over eight million people are estimated to need humanitarian assistance across Darfur and Kordofan. Several reasons have contributed to the recent increase in frequency and intensity of clashes in the two regions, including the general social and political instability in the country following the military takeover of the government in October 2021, the withdrawal of UNAMID (which was completed on 30 June 2021), and the lack of water and food resources caused by drought and food insecurity.?

During the lean season (May–October), clashes usually increase because of diminished availability of food, water, and grazing resources. People normally run out of stored food between harvests seasons, and the high temperatures affect water levels and dry up the grazing needed for livelihoods pasturage. There is a likelihood that clashes over land and natural resources will expand to other regions. On 13 July, intercommunal clashes displaced more than 30,000 people in Blue Nile state.?

Latest Developments

03/11/2022

Up to 36,000 people were displaced, 60 killed, and 90 injured as a land dispute sparked inter-communal clashes in Al Lagowa, West Kordofan state from 10-18 October. 21,000 people are staying in camps, schools, and with the host community in West and South Kordofan; others reportedly fled to nearby mountainous areas. Drinking water, food, sanitation, shelter, and medical care are needed.?

KEY PRIORITIES

09/08/2022

Health: Lack of food and clean water and overcrowded shelters contribute to disease outbreaks such as malaria and diarrhoea in IDP camps. There is a lack of medical equipment and staff to respond to health needs in the region. People injured during clashes also need healthcare assistance, but there is limited coverage of health services, and hospitals usually lack supplies.?

Food: Darfur states are among the areas most affected by food insecurity in Sudan. On average, a quarter of the people in Darfur are severely food-insecure, and nearly half are moderately food-insecure. People staying in IDP camps in Darfur are dependent on humanitarian organisations for food aid, but the operations of these organisations are usually disrupted or suspended because of recurrent clashes and sometimes looting of their stocks.?

Livelihoods: Increased insecurity and recurrent clashes – and consequent displacement – have resulted in damage to farms, disruption to livelihoods, and unemployment (mostly in activities related to the agricultural sector), causing a below-average harvest in 2022. Almost all of Sudan’s land is agricultural, and more than 65% of the population works in agriculture, including Darfur and Kordofan regions.?