UNHCR – UNHCR warns that needs in Sudan are increasing due to rising prices and a shortage of humanitarian funding

UNHCR – UNHCR warns that needs in Sudan are increasing due to rising prices and a shortage of humanitarian funding
UNHCR – UNHCR warns that needs in Sudan are increasing due to rising prices and a shortage of humanitarian funding

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, warns today that the humanitarian needs of refugees and internally displaced people in Sudan are increasing, due to the fact that the cost of living has skyrocketed due to the domino effect of the war in Ukraine, the lingering impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and extreme weather caused by the climate crisis.

Sudan has hosted the largest number of displaced people on the African continent, including more than 1.1 million refugees – the majority from South Sudan – and 3.7 million internally displaced people within Sudan itself (mostly of Darfur and Kordofan).

The rise in inflation was pronounced in 2020; now, it remains above pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels. The pressure on the host communities is increased by the sharp increase in the prices of food and other items, and due to the shortage of basic necessities (such as bread and fuel). In addition, the impact has been disproportionate for forcibly displaced people, especially those without financial support.

UNHCR has been working with the government and partners to scale up the response. However, due to a lack of resources, the pressure on efforts to provide life-saving assistance to refugees and displaced people in Sudan is immense. Without more support, many refugees and their host communities may not receive the vital assistance they require, leaving them more susceptible to risks that could seriously harm them.

As of September 13, UNHCR had received just one-third of the $348.9 million USD it requires in 2022 for its effective response and to provide vital protection and assistance in a context of mounting needs. .

Not having enough resources means that most of the plans to offer permanent, temporary or emergency shelters cannot be realized. Only one in five refugees who need legal documentation will be able to receive it. On the other hand, planned or existing projects that promote the integration of these people must be suspended. Similarly, resilience and self-sufficiency will be affected. In addition, two-thirds of IDP protection monitoring work will not be able to take place, and other essential programs will have to be suspended or scaled back.

The lives of refugees and internally displaced people may be further complicated by this year’s rainy and flooding season. According to the Sudanese authorities and humanitarian organizations on the ground, the displaced communities are among the 299,500 people who were affected by heavy rains and torrential flooding on 19 September. The rains and floods not only killed livestock, but also submerged houses and farmland. For people who have fled the violence, the floods have generated an additional crisis to the one they were already experiencing. Communities with fewer resources and less capacity to adapt to an increasingly hostile environment are facing the worst impact of extreme weather caused by the climate crisis.

UNHCR urges the international community to provide the funds required by humanitarian organizations in Sudan, which seek to support both refugees and internally displaced people and host communities.

For more information, please contact:

  • In Nairobi, Nairobi (regional), Faith Kasina, [email protected]+254 113 427 094
  • In Khartoum, Assadullah Nasrullah, [email protected]+249 912 178 991
  • In Geneva, Boris Cheshirkov, [email protected]+41 79 433 76 82
  • In New York, Kathryn Mahoney, [email protected]+1 347 574 6552

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