- 9 million people live on less than $1 a day
- 1 in 9 children die before their 5th birthday
- 43% of adults are illiterate
Sudan, Africa's largest country, has been at war for over three decades. Civil war
ravaged the country, killing over 2 million people, and injuring thousands more.
Four million Sudanese have fled their homes.
As severe food shortages occur across southern Africa, millions of Sudanese people
are at risk of starvation. Recurrent droughts over several years have caused poor
harvests and drinking water shortages in many areas. The combination of famine and
violence has created a tragic cycle of suffering. For many Sudanese the essentials
of life such as sufficient food, clean water, and health and education services
are simply not available.
Islamic Relief in Sudan
Islamic Relief's connection to Sudan dates from the devastating famine that gripped
the country in the 1980's - Islamic Relief was founded as a response to that desperate
situation. Islamic Relief began working in Sudan in 1984.
Islamic Relief has expanded its operations to southern Sudan, the Blue Nile and
the Nuba mountains. The emphasis of the program is post-war recovery, integrated
rehabilitation and community development. Islamic Relief is also responding to the
crisis in Darfur.
Islamic Relief's emergency team began work in Darfur in April 2004, providing displaced
people with food and shelter. The Islamic Relief team is managing the Kerinding
II camp for displaced families, many of whom had been living in local schools.
The camp now accommodates over 6,000 people who regularly receive
food, plastic sheeting, soap, jerrycans and local building materials to build traditional
homes. Islamic Relief has also registered 100 orphans in Kerinding II who will receive
Islamic Relief staff built and run a clinic in Kerinding II that services the camp
as well as the local population. Workshops on AIDS/HIV awareness are carried out
regularly, as well as counseling for victims of rape. Islamic Relief also supplies
Al-Geneina Hospital and Kulbus Hospital with medicines periodically.
Islamic Relief also assists in the areas of education, clean water, training women
to make stoves, and providing aid to the locals in the areas where the refugee camps
For examples of Islamic Relief's work in Sudan, please click below:
Sponsorship: Fatima's story
Education and Training: Getting
and Sanitation: Digging wells