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Sudan Crisis

CORE is working with local communities to provide vital humanitarian relief to those most impacted by the ongoing conflict in Sudan.

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Emergency Relief | 2023 – NOW

What caused the humanitarian crisis in Sudan?

In April 2023, the alliance between the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and Rapid Support Forces (RSF) collapsed into violence. The conflict rapidly spread across the country, resulting in widespread displacement, death, injury, and destruction. 


One year into the crisis, nearly 9 million people have fled their homes, marking the largest displacement crisis in the world. According to UN Women, 53 per cent of those internally displaced are women and girls. Critical infrastructure, including roads, power, medical facilities, water and communications systems have been destroyed, exacerbating the dire crisis and severely impeding the ability of responders to reach those most impacted with vital relief. The threat of acute famine is imminent, and nearly 25 million people—almost half the Sudanese population—need urgent humanitarian assistance.  


Given the scope and severity of the ongoing humanitarian crisis, local organizations and volunteers have been largely leading their own humanitarian response, serving as the first line of relief for impacted Sudanese communities. 

What are the ongoing needs of conflict-affected communities in Sudan? 

  • Food: Significant disruption to agricultural production and trade, compounded with widespread displacement, has left 17.7 million people facing acute food insecurity. A staggering 4.9 million children under five years and pregnant and nursing women are estimated to be acutely malnourished in 2024. (UN OCHA, April 2024)
  • Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH): Approximately 19 million people lack access to safe water and/or sanitation and hygiene services. In some areas, water supplies have been cut off, and sanitation facilities have been destroyed. Consequently, waterborne disease outbreaks such as cholera and diarrhea are rising. (UNICEF, January 2024) 
  • Shelter: More than 8.7 million people have fled their homes since April 2023. 6.7 million are internally displaced. Those displaced by the conflict are living in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions and need access to safe and adequate shelter. (UN OCHA, April 2024)
  • Healthcare: Massive destruction of the healthcare infrastructure in Khartoum and Darfur has left millions without access to lifesaving care, facilities, and medical supplies and medicine. The rapidly declining health system poses risks for increasing disease outbreaks, particularly among mobile populations such as IDPs and refugees. (UN OCHA, April 2024)
  • Protection: Millions of women and girls are experiencing violence. Reports of conflict-related sexual violence and exploitation are constant and increasing, with more than 4.2 million people in need of gender-based violence (GBV) services (UNHCR, December 2023). New and expecting mothers face significant challenges accessing adequate nutritional and health resources and support and are often prioritizing food over their health. (UNFPA, March 2024)
A Sudanese doctor feeds a baby with a bottle.

How is CORE helping support those impacted by the 2023 conflict in Sudan? 

Immediately after the conflict erupted, CORE launched a response in partnership with two local Sudanese NGOs, NIDAA and SuDRO, to empower Emergency Response Rooms and Women’s Response Rooms and provide lifesaving assistance for those affected by the conflict.  


Through our local partners, CORE is delivering multipurpose cash assistance (MPCA) to conflict-affected households to meet basic needs such as food, hygiene items, medicine, rent, communications, and other needs. We are providing additional nutrition vouchers for pregnant/lactating women, infants, and children, as well as vouchers to procure healthcare services such as prescription drugs for chronic illness. 


CORE and NIDAA are also supporting Emergency and Women’s Response Rooms across Sudan to address the nutrition, protection, psychosocial, sexual and reproductive health, and health needs of women and children. These Response Rooms provide lifesaving services including the safe relocation of survivors of gender-based violence, transfer of pregnant women to ensure safe births/deliveries, and access to safe spaces and communal kitchens. Our support enables these rooms to continue conducting their vital programming, while expanding their capacity to provide more services for vulnerable women and children. 


CORE will continue to look at where we can make the most impact and expand our outreach as needed. Community mobilization within Sudan is critical and we’re working on reaching the most vulnerable communities as the conflict continues.