38% of the population has to walk over 30 minutes one way to collect drinking water.
That’s just one of the many ways 50 years of conflict has impacted South Sudan.
Sudan – the confluence of the Arab and African worlds, but also a land of bitter conflict. Home to more than 32 million people, civil wars have forced millions of people from their homes and prevented economic development and over 2 million deaths. Conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region has seen 3.6 million people endure a cruel mix of conflict, displacement, drought and failed harvests.
Sudan regularly suffers prolonged food shortages and, weakened by malnutrition, many people have no strength to fight disease. Around one in ten Sudanese children die before their fifth birthday and more than 100,000 people each year die from malaria, acute respiratory infections and diarrhoea.
Sudan is the first country that Islamic Relief worked in, responding to a famine in 1984. Since then, Islamic Relief has expanded significantly.
Following the Jan 2011 referendum, South Sudan became an independent country on 9 July 2011. However, new conflicts flared up in Abyei, South Kordofan and Blue Nile which border South. This new conflict displaced thousands of people, halted recovery programmes and created escalating tension between the two countries.
Due to inflation and increased food prices, the rural and urban poor have faced difficult living conditions. On average food prices have increased by 20% in 2011 putting strain on the urban and rural poor which form the majority of the population. Sudan has lost 75% of the oil revenue after South Sudan seceded in July 2011. Unprecedented increase of living costs and price of essential food items and construction materials have followed.
- Qurbani meat distribution
- Ramadan food package distribution
- Orphan one-to-one sponsorship
- Food Aid Distribution
- Food commodities distributed to internally displaced individuals and returnees to South Sudan. 250 households received assorted food rations benefitting 1,538 individuals
- Water, Health and Sanitation Project
- Implemented the drilling and installation of 8 hand pumps and 2 solar water yards to help 10 villages and 2 schools in the West Darfur region
- Children’s Education and Protection Enhancement Project
- The project provided 3040 needy orphans sponsored by Islamic Relief including their school age siblings and other poor school age children, with school bags, school uniforms and stationery
- Food for Education Project
- Increased enrolment and retention in Nertiti, Central Darfur by providing food to 1,159 school children. Thereby improving the nutrition status of children in the targeted schools
- Kreneik Water supply project
- Provided access to 5 underserved villages in the Kreniek locality by the creation of 7 boreholes equipped with hand pumps benefiting 8,351 individuals in the community
- Sahel Water Project
- This project provided sustainable and clean water supply to improve health and education facilities and promote hygiene and sanitation practice in the arid zones of North Kordofan
- Constructed 4 modern water supply systems with solar powered pumps along with 4 waste management systems and 4 vegetable gardens benefiting 16 communities