Islamic Relief’s first ever intervention was in response to the devastating famine in western Sudan in 1984.
Since that time, we have continued to respond to emergencies providing food aid, health care and water and sanitation.
We are also working on more long-term development, building skills and awareness in local government and communities, helping to improve people’s education and livelihoods and promoting peace-building and children’s and women’s rights.
A major aim of our work in Sudan is to reduce the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM).
We now work in Khartoum, Blue Nile, North Kordofan, South Kordofan and Central Darfur and West Darfur and Kassala and Gedarif in eastern Sudan.
We are supporting 26 health centres across the country: 15 in Central Darfur, three in North Kordofan, four in Blue Nile and four in South Kordofan. We are also supporting 12 nutritional feeding centres in Central Darfur.
The people of Sudan face two major challenges; one is the longstanding conflict in the country which has led to widespread displacement and the other is drought and other climate-related problems.
Both of these have played a major part in the alarming levels of malnutrition in the country. As such it is evident that the long-running conflict needs to be addressed before any meaningful development takes place.
It is with this in mind that we are running a conflict resolution project in Central Darfur. We are bringing people from conflicting groups together such as pastoralists, displaced people and host communities and helping to improve their access to water, land and pasture through an inclusive and equitable process that is informed by Islamic principles.
Islamic Relief is also playing a major role in supporting refugees from South Sudan.