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The Darfur region in western Sudan is experiencing one of the world’s worst humanitarian emergencies. Since early 2003, violence and terror have driven over one million people from their homes as a civil war pitted government forces and Janjaweed militia against the rebel forces of the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army and the Justice and Equality Movement. The displaced have sought refuge in makeshift camps in Sudan and over 150,000 refugees have sought shelter and relief across the border in Chad.
At the end of 2004, helping the people of Darfur was the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement’s largest humanitarian operation in the world, with over 2,000 relief workers delivering urgently needed aid.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Sudanese Red Crescent have constructed camps for those displaced by conflict, and are providing clean water, sanitation services and medical assistance. They are also helping to reunite family members who have been separated.
Despite a peace deal signed in January between the the needs are enormous. However, an International Red Cross appeal for over $5-million to help with this necessary work remains underfunded.
In 2004, the ICRC in Sudan:
Delivered essential household items to 525,000 people;
Distributed 8,500 tonnes of food to 400,000 people;
Repaired or installed facilities to provide 2 million litres of water per day to about 200,000 people;
Upgraded, repaired and developed 5 hospitals and 3 primary health-care units treating 370,000 people, and supported programs in another 4 hospitals and 12 primary health care units; and
Organized the layout of three camps sheltering over 90,000 people
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The Making of Abu Shok - outside El Fashir, Northern Darfur