Episcopal Relief and Development is providing emergency assistance to people displaced by ongoing violence and unrest in the Darfur region of Sudan. The conflict, which began in 2003, has intensified as armed rebels called Janjaweed continue to destroy villages. In recent months, militias have driven more than 55,000 people from their homes in South Darfur. An estimated 400,000 people have died from violence, disease and hunger. Two million have been left homeless.
Episcopal Relief and Development is working with partners in Action by Churches Together (ACT) to provide basic supplies such as blankets, sleeping mats, and watering cans to 35 locations in South and West Darfur. The support will also help provide water and build sanitation facilities to prevent the outbreak of disease.
"The situation is dire. Immediate action is needed to prevent more deaths and suffering," said Janette O'Neill, ERD's Program Director for Africa. ERD has been working with the Episcopal Church of Sudan and the Sudan Development and Relief Agency to begin rebuilding communities and provide skills training as well as other programs in the areas of food security and primary health care.