Violence erupts across Darfur, forcing more than 200,000 people to flee for their lives

By Oxfam
A young woman and boy arrive in a town from the countryside, seeking safety. In the first three months of 2014, violence in Darfur has uprooted more than 200,000 people from their homes.

Violence has swept across the region of Darfur, Sudan, with each day bringing word of new conflict and displacement. 

New figures released today show that since the beginning of 2014, more than 200,000 people have had to flee their homes. Some have gathered for safety in camps or worse—informal settlements where they lack food, water, or access to the most basic sanitation facilities. Many of those who fled have since returned home—to find their possessions gone, their livestock dead or stolen, and their houses reduced to ashes.

Oxfam is rushing aid to displaced people who have gathered together for safety.  We are working with local partners to deliver water to the camps, and —despite the risks and challenges of operating in conflict zones—finding ways of transporting critical relief supplies to the people who need them. We aim to reach 90,000 people with emergency aid.

Meanwhile, Oxfam and partners continue to provide assistance to more than 420,000 people affected by earlier violence and displacement in Darfur and South Kordofan. We are helping ensure that people still living in camps have access to basics like clean water and sanitation; we are distributing fuel-efficient stoves to reduce the risks, expense, and environmental damage of obtaining firewood; we are supporting local farmers for whom conflict poses risks and challenges;  and we are providing cash grants and assets to help people who are particularly vulnerable – like single mothers – start up small businesses to support their families.

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