Concern calls for end to hostilities to avert major humanitarian crisis in Sudan

April 26, 2023

Concern Worldwide today called for an immediate end to hostilities in Sudan to enable the recommencement of humanitarian supports and help avert widespread crisis among the country’s most vulnerable people. 

Prior to the start of the hostilities, there were huge humanitarian needs in Sudan with 15.8 million people – a third of the population – in need of assistance. Concern works with the Ministry of Health in 73 health facilities and last year we treated over 200,000 children for malnutrition,” Concern CEO David Regan said.  

The hostilities have forced many humanitarian organizations to suspend their work as the country enters its leanseason – when much of last years harvest has been eaten and before this years harvest is ready.  The hostilities must end immediately and humanitarian workers protected to enable them provide essential support to communities.” 

Concern suspended its work in Sudan last week as result of the security risk to its staff, whose security situation is being monitored daily.  12 non-Sudanese staff were evacuated to Port Sudan and is arranging for them to temporarily leave Sudan.  Two other non-Sudanese staff were evacuated to Chad over the weekend, while 140 Concern staff in Sudan are currently sheltered in their homes or have managed to relocate to more peaceful locations. Staff who have been evacuated will work remotely until they can return to Sudan. 

Concern has worked in Sudan for the last 37 years providing a range of programs including health, nutrition, water and sanitation, livelihoods and food security programming.  Concern has teams working in West Darfur, West Kordofan and South Kordofan.  

We are exploring ways of maintaining our programming in current circumstances and we will resume our work as soon as the security situation stabilizes in the areas we work,” Mr. Regan said. 


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