“At ShelterBox we are deeply concerned about the increasing violence in Sudan that is forcing tens of thousands of people across its border with Chad.
“People fleeing to safety are leaving their homes and communites… with only what they can carry so it’s crucial that both sides allow humanitarian organizations to get aid to people that need it.”
– Anna Dixie, Regional Director for West and Central Africa
WHAT IS HAPPENING?
More than 1 million people have been displaced since the start of the conflict
Tensions between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces erupted into violent clashes in April and still continue. Conflict in West Darfur has left civilians without access to health care, water, and basic supplies.
The escalating violence in Sudan is forcing tens of thousands of people across its border with Chad. It is expected that by the end of May, 100,000 new Sudanese refugees will have crossed the border. This is on top of the 600,000 mostly Sudanese refugees already living in Chad after fleeing previous conflict.
This is a crisis within a crisis. And there is little funding to support people who need it most. There are very few shelter providers and insufficient funds committed to shelter.
HOW IS SHELTERBOX HELPING?
ShelterBox has partnered with INTERSOS Tchad, an organization in country, to provide thousands of people with emergency shelter, basic household items, and critical infrastructure support.
ShelterBox has been working in Zabout refugee camp, a newly established camp that will support 7,000 families. Earlier this year ShelterBox provided tents, tarpaulins and fixings, as well as solar lights, blankets, mosquito nets, kitchen sets, sleeping mats, water carriers and more to support newly located refugees. Currently, teams are working on providing an additional 2600 families with tarpaulins to build shelters.
The situation is critical, as more and more people continue to flee Sudan to neighbouring countries – including Chad. The shelter need is growing all the time.
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