A Decade in Darfur

Students peer out of a thatched classroom in Hamedia camp. Photo credit: Laura Sheahen/ Caritas-ACT

In response to the conflict in the Darfur region in 2003, the ACT-Caritas Darfur Emergency Response was launched in June 2004 to support the affected communities.

Over the past ten years, the program has been working with the communities who are still living in camps, by providing clean water, nutrition, health services, education and skills training.

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Darfur Media gallery

Child at camp near Kubum

A child at a camp for internally displaced people outside the village of Kubum, in Sudan's West Darfur state. The ACT-Caritas Alliance has helped displaced families living here with water supplies and other emergency assistance.

Credit: Paul Jeffrey/ ACT-Caritas 2007

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Family at the Dereig Camp

A family living at the Dereig Camp for internally displaced people, one of the many such settlements for people displaced by violence in Darfur.

Credit: Paul Jeffrey/ ACT-Caritas 2007

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Collecting water

Two kids pump water at a well in a camp for internally displaced people outside Um Labassa in Darfur.

Credit: Paul Jeffrey/ ACT-Caritas 2007

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At the Dereig camp

As a result of the conflict in Darfur, many people fled to settlements such as the Dereig camp for internally displaced persons.

Credit: Paul Jeffrey/ ACT-Caritas 2007

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Livelihood skills at the Dereig Camp

Women learn livelihood skills such as weaving at the Dereig Camp for internally displaced persons.

Credit: Paul Jeffrey/ ACT-Caritas 2007

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Mother and child

A mother and child in the Dereig camp for internally displaced persons.

Credit: Paul Jeffrey/ ACT-Caritas 2007

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Preparing food

A girl cooks dinner at a camp for internally displaced people outside Um Labassa in Darfur.

Credit: Paul Jeffrey/ ACT-Caritas 2007

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Camp for internally displaced people

Woman from a camp for internally displaced people outside Um Labassa in Sudan's Darfur region.

Credit: Paul Jeffrey/ ACT-Caritas 2007

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Maternal and child nutrition

In the Hassa Hissa camp in Zalingei, Darfur, mothers and children are checked to see if they are malnourished. If they are found to be malnourished, they are provided with extra food.

Credit: Laura Sheahen/ Caritas-ACT 2013

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Accessing water

“My village was burned and we lost everything. We've been here since 2004", says this man from the Hassa Hissa camp. “When we first came, we lived in the open air… The women had to go and fetch water – it took hours. There have been a lot of big changes since then. Now getting water is very easy. My wife takes a jerry can to the water point NCA built, and in five minutes she is back.”

Credit: Laura Sheahen/ Caritas-ACT 2013

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Immunisations at the Hamedia camp clinc

A mother holds her baby, who has just received the polio vaccine and other immunizations. At the clinic in Hamedia camp near Zalingei, Darfur, women and children receive medical care, vaccinations, and medicine.

Credit: Laura Sheahen/ Caritas-ACT 2013

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Training community members

In the Bilel camp near Nyala, Darfur, members of the community have been trained to fix pipes and repair water systems to help sustain the water and sanitation program that helps over 30,000 people in the camp.

Credit: Laura Sheahen/ Caritas-ACT 2013

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Weaving and job-skills training

In the Khamsadagaig Camp near Zalingei, Darfur. It is difficult for camp residents to earn a living because they fled their land and it is not safe for them to go far from the camp. With support from the ACT-Caritas Alliance, camp residents learn weaving and job-skills training to help them.

Credit: Laura Sheahen/ Caritas-ACT 2013

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Clean water at the Hamedia camp

At the Hamedia camp near Zalingei, Darfur for people who have been displaced. Camp residents now have access to clean water, emergency aid, healthcare and education.

Credit: Paul Jeffrey/ ACT-Caritas 2007

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Nutrition centre at the Bilel camp

A mother holding her 45 day old baby girl in the Bilel camp near Nyala, Darfur. Due to the hardships and lack of food, she did not have enough breastmilk for the baby. After receiving extra food from a nutrition centre, she feels stronger and can nurse her baby.

Credit: Laura Sheahen/ Caritas-ACT 2013

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School at the Hamedia camp

A student at a school funded by ACT/Caritas at the Hamedia camp near Zalingei, Darfur. “I like English and mathematics. When I am older, I want to be a doctor”

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Weaving in the Khamsadagaig Camp

In the Khamsadagaig Camp near Zalingei, Darfur, women learn to make crafts and receive job-skills training with support from ACT-Caritas Alliance.

Credit: Laura Sheahen/ Caritas-ACT 2013

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