With no end to the violence in sight, 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.
people projected to flee across borders due to the violence in Sudan over the next six months, including, 640,000 refugees from Sudan and other countries
South Sudanese and other refugees in Sudan expected to return to their home countries under adverse conditions
More than a month into this crisis, 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.”
Deadly armed conflict between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in Sudan is forcing hundreds of thousands of people from their homes. Since the violence broke out on 15 April, hundreds of people have died and thousands are wounded, while thousands more families have been on the move – both within the country and across borders, in dire need of protection and assistance.
Many are arriving at remote border areas in countries neighbouring Sudan, finding very little infrastructure or services to support them. The majority of those displaced are women and children, but other vulnerable people are among those who have fled, including older people, people with disabilities, and people with medical conditions.
What is UNHCR doing to help?
UNHCR emergency teams have been working relentlessly with authorities and partners to support new arrivals, set up transit centres where people can rest and receive essential protection services and emergency supplies such as blankets, soap, and mosquito nets.
For example, in Chad, UNHCR’s emergency teams are on the ground meeting newly arrived refugees, providing protection and life-saving support such as safe drinking water and blankets, and relocating them away from the border.
In South Sudan, UNHCR teams, with partners, are at border crossing points to monitor and help new arrivals – mainly South Sudanese refugees who are returning. With partners, we have established a transit centre where new arrivals are given food, water and accommodation in communal shelters, while we work with partners to organize their onward transportation to their home areas as soon as possible. We are also helping families to establish contact with their relatives inside South Sudan, so that they can be reunited.
In Ethiopia, communal emergency shelters have been built at a main arrival point on the border and hot meals are being provided by partners, while in the Central African Republic, shelter items, hygiene kits and mosquito nets are being given to new arrivals.
More than 107,000 Sudanese are estimated to have crossed into Egypt in the past four weeks. UNHCR is providing safe drinking water and hygiene and sanitary kits at border crossing points to relieve people after a long and difficult journey. Registration of new arrivals in Cairo has also been accelerated so refugees can access cash assistance and services like health care and education.
UNHCR is working closely with governments and partners in all countries neighbouring Sudan to respond to those who have arrived and to prepare for more new arrivals.
Meanwhile, inside Sudan, UNHCR is assisting both refugees and internally displaced people with shelter, non-food items and protection, as the security situation allows. We are also supporting education programming for children who have been displaced.
To scale up support, UNHCR has coordinated a regional response plan with 140 partners, including UN agencies, national and international NGOs, and civil society groups, appealing for $470.4 million to assist the projected 1.1 million refugees, returnees and third country nationals who will need assistance over the next six months, primarily in Chad, South Sudan, Egypt, Ethiopia, and the Central African Republic. UNHCR's specific funding needs for that plan amount to $201.5 million while the funding required to respond to the emergency inside Sudan is $52.4 million.
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