The conflict in Sudan between the government and rebel groups has killed untold numbers of people and forced massive displacement. Oxfam and partners are helping hundreds of thousands of people by providing clean water and safe sanitation, and we have provided many of the most vulnerable with fuel-efficient stoves, seeds, tools, livestock and vaccinations, and cash grants to start small businesses.Donate now
Conflict in Sudan deck
Stories & updates
In this multimedia blog, Oxfam's Bob Ferguson gets a closer look at the fuel-efficient Darfur Stoves, a project supported by music fans and artists like State Radio.
In this multimedia blog, Oxfam's music artist relations coordinator tells the story of a memorable encounter from his first trip to Darfur, Sudan.
An Oxfam partner in Darfur is helping boost productivity so farmers in war-torn rural areas can do more with less.
How we're responding
Conflict between Sudan’s government and rebel groups—as well as tribal disputes—have resulted in massive civilian death and displacement. Oxfam is working to assist more than 325,000 people who have been forced to flee their homes in Darfur and South Kordofan. Our goals: meet emergency public-health needs while helping restore incomes to many of the most vulnerable families.
Responding to new emergencies
Armed clashes in Sudan continue to drive people from their homes. In January of 2013, more than 100,000 people fled the gold-mining area of Jebel Amir in North Darfur. Oxfam and a local partner have been assisting thousands of families with clean water, sanitation facilities, relief materials like plastic sheeting and blankets, vegetable seeds, fuel-efficient stoves, and cash grants to the most vulnerable.
Oxfam America is working with local Sudanese partners and community members to provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene programs to more than 240,000 people in camps and villages in Darfur. Our water engineers are helping maintain the wells, pumps, tanks, pipes, and taps that deliver treated water to the settlements, and our sanitation and public health staff are ensuring that camp residents have latrines, bathing areas, soap, water cans, and access to the information they need to stay healthy under challenging camp conditions.
Many people affected by the conflict no longer have the means to make a dignified living. Farmers who have been displaced from their land, herders who have lost their animals, and widows who are trying to raise children alone have a range of needs as they try to restore their incomes. Oxfam partners have offered small business grants and loans, as well as vocational training and assets like donkey carts to many of the most vulnerable residents of the camps. In rural areas affected by the conflict, we have provided seeds, plows, and horse carts for farmers, as well as small business loans.
High-efficiency stoves can address an array of problems in Darfur. In a joint program with two partners, Oxfam America has supported local camp residents to assemble and distribute more than 15,000 stoves that are more than twice as efficient as traditional three-stone fireplaces. For the women who purchase their firewood in the market, the stoves reduce the cost of fuel and ease the heavy economic pressure on their families. But for those who must trek into the countryside to gather firewood, facing the risk of assault from armed bandits and militias, fuel-efficient stoves are even more critical. Read more about how the stoves have been making a difference.
In South Kordofan
Oxfam is working with a Sudanese partner organization to respond to the humanitarian emergency that began unfolding in the summer of 2011, when armed conflict erupted between government and rebel forces in the states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile; in April of 2012, border clashes between Sudan and South Sudan triggered another wave of displacement in the same states.
Aid providers are unable to reach many of those who are caught in this latest conflict, but an Oxfam partner has reached more than 50,000 people with a range of interventions, including:
- rehabilitating wells, installing hand pumps, and constructing latrines;
- distributing seeds, tools, and donkey carts;
- providing cash grants;
- vaccinating livestock;
- promoting health and hygiene; and
- distributing relief materials.