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Crisis in Darfur: ICRC action in facts and figures

09-11-2004 Operational Update

Sudan has become the ICRC's largest operation worldwide, employing 200 expatriate and 1,700 national staff. In Darfur, together with the Sudanese Red Crescent and other partner National Societies, the ICRC is delivering food, water, shelter, household goods, and primary health and medical care to IDPs and resident populations struggling to survive. Its neutral and independent stance, and contacts with all parties to the conflict, means the ICRC can cross front lines and work throughout most of Darfur.

 Cost of the Darfur operation in 2004  

The ICRC's emergency appeals for Darfur now total 77.3 million Swiss francs

(US$ 64.5 million or €50.6 million).


 Operational set-up for Darfur  

  •  85 expatriate and 600 national staff in Darfur

  •  delegation based in Khartoum: 45 expatriate and 350 national staff supporting operations in Darfur and southern Sudan

  •  4 sub-delegations in Darfur: El Fasher (North Darfur); Nyala (South Darfur); and Geneina and Zalingie (West Darfur)

  •  4 offices in Darfur: Kutum and Kebabiyah (North Darfur); Gerieida (South Darfur); and Seleia (West Darfur)

  •  109 trucks and 95 smaller vehicles in Darfur

  •  12,000 square metres of storage space (9,000 in Darfur and 3,000 in Khartoum)

 Providing emergency aid  

Since the start of the crisis in Darfur, the ICRC has

  •  delivered more than 5,400 tonnes of food to around 220,000 rural residents and some 40,000 IDPs in 50 locations

  •  distributed essential household items, such as blankets, tarpaulins, clothing and soap, to almost 390,000 people (263,000 IDP s in 9 camps and 125,000 residents in 19 locations

  •  set up/repaired/upgraded water systems supplying some 2.1 million litres of water daily to over 240,000 people

 Treating the wounded and sick  

The ICRC, in coordination with other organizations, notably WHO and MSF, is supporting surgical hospitals and primary health-care facilities throughout Darfur to ensure the wounded and sick have access to free treatment.

The operation in Gereida is being supported by the Australian and British Red Cross Societies and in Seleia by the Canadian and Netherlands Red Cross Societies.

To date in 2004:

  •  5 hospitals have been repaired and upgraded, serving some 172,000 IDPs

  •  7-person ICRC health teams are working in rural hospitals,

 basic health-care units set up in 4 rural regions, are serving 80,000 people, both

 IDPs and residents 

  •  staff, training, supervision and materials are being provided to the prosthetic/orthotic workshop in Nyala

 Restoring family links  

The tracing and Red Cross message (RCM) network, set up in 1986, relays some 40,000 messages a year between family members torn apart by the north-south conflict in Sudan. The network is being reinforced because of the conflict in Darfur.

The ICRC is also taking the lead role in restoring contact between the refugees in camps in eastern Chad and relatives le ft behind, together with the Red Cross of Chad

Throughout Sudan in 2004:

  •  more than 28,000 RC messages were collected

  •  almost 30,000 RC messages were distributed

  •  around 1,700 separated Sudanese children registered

  •  85 people, 70 of them children, reunited with their families

  •  more than 230 people located whose families filed tracing requests

  •  4,200 people being sought following tracing requests by their relatives