More than 11 years after the start of the Darfur conflict in Sudan, as many as 300,000 people have been killed and more than 2.3 million displaced. Although the worst violence has declined since the conflict’s peak years of 2003 to 2005, fighting is again on the rise and several rounds of peace talks have failed.
Hundreds of thousands of people remain in camps across the border in eastern Chad, reluctant to return home because of ongoing insecurity, loss of property and fear of oppression. These refugees remain dependent on humanitarian aid for survival — but as the world's attention gradually fades, many thousands more Darfuris are fleeing new violence. (Dec. 2014)
How We Help
- The International Rescue Committee aids 84,000 Darfuri refugees in three camps in eastern Chad and offers services to 33,000 Chadians living nearby. The IRC runs schools, health centers and water and sanitation programs in the camps.
- Funding cuts have forced the IRC and other aid organizations to downsize. For the IRC’s part, we have had to shutter our secondary schools for Darfuri refugee youth, reduce by nearly half the number of teachers in our pre-school and primary schools and scale back community health and hygiene promotion activities.