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The ICRC in Sudan

Sudan. A displaced woman tends to her crops.

The ICRC has been working in Sudan since 1978 assisting victims of armed conflict and violence. Since 2003, the organization has been responding to needs arising from the hostilities in Darfur, where violence over resources and sporadic military clashes between armed opposition groups and governmental forces continue to displace and harm civilians. On 1 February 2014, the ICRC was asked to suspend its activities. Discussions are currently ongoing with the Sudanese authorities to resume operations. Read this interview to find out more.

Facts and Figures

In 2013, the ICRC:

  • provided humanitarian assistance to over 1.5 million people in Sudan;
  • distributed food to more than 420,000 and seeds to 325,000 people in Darfur;
  • improved access to drinking water for over 700,000 people, primarily in Darfur;
  • enabled more than 70,000 medical consultations to take place in ICRC-supported health centres;
  • provided services to over 6,000 physically disabled people in ICRC-supported orthopaedic centres;
  • enabled the treatment of 1,400 war-wounded patients by providing the necessary medical materials;
  • in its role as neutral intermediary, facilitated the hand-over of 80 people, including prisoners of war, civilians held by armed groups and members of the Sudanese armed forces, who had been captured by armed groups;
  • enabled the vaccination of over 1.2 million animals, primarily in Darfur and Kordofan, an operation that benefited some 150,000 people;
  • conveyed with the Sudanese Red Crescent Society over 12,000 Red Cross messages (brief written messages sending personal news to otherwise unreachable relatives) between people separated from their families as a result of armed conflict and other violence.