Crisis in Darfur

CARE's Response in Darfur

People are in urgent need of food, shelter, water and emergency supplies.

About the Crisis in Darfur, Sudan

Darfur, the western region of Sudan, has been in a state of humanitarian crisis since 2003. The current conflict in Darfur is complex, caused by a host of political, social, economic and environmental problems.

Civilians have suffered greatly from the conflict. The result is a humanitarian crisis affecting millions of people, and there is no end in sight.

Hundreds of thousands of people have died and more than 2 million have been displaced due to violence. Most of the displaced have moved into camps in Sudan's larger towns or have crossed the border into Chad or South Sudan where they live in refugee camps, straining local resources.

"People are in urgent need of food, shelter, water and emergency supplies. We hear that women and children have been the most affected by the conflict, and fear disease outbreaks," says Ivo Freijsen, CARE International Switzerland's Country Director in Sudan. "Organizations, such as CARE, are working hard to mobilize additional funding so that we can better respond to these growing needs."

CARE's Response in Darfur

A recent increase in displacement has caused a strain on ongoing humanitarian services across the Darfur region. CARE International Switzerland immediately increased its ongoing humanitarian response in several camps, helping basic needs, including food, water, shelter and sanitation facilities.

Currently, CARE International Switzerland run programs mainly in South Darfur and South Kordofan, providing relief services, helping people restore their livelihoods, and promoting peace and stability. CARE also helps refugees in neighboring Chad with the same kinds of programs and services. 

How CARE works in emergencies


In 2011 alone, CARE reached 12 million people affected by natural disasters, conflict situations and other crises.


In emergencies, CARE is among the first to arrive and the last to leave. When it comes to responding to an emergency, timing is crucial.