Refugees in Southern Sudan. Photo Shutterstock

Crisis in Sudan: millions in need of acute humanitarian assistance

More than 9 million people have been forced from their homes internally and into neighbouring countries.

We must act now.

25 million people are in need of acute humanitarian assistance.

Dignity kits distribution by CAFOD in Sudan. Photo CAFOD
Refugees in Sudan. Photo Shutterstock

Of those in need of humanitarian assistance, over 14 million are children.

What is happening in Sudan?

Sudan has been suffering from protracted fighting for over a year. The violence has spread across the country and led to millions of people being forced from their homes, along with thousands of injuries and deaths. 

Damage to infrastructure has impacted access to food, water and healthcare services. Sudan now teeters on the edge of famine.

Sudan has traditionally hosted for refugees from neighbouring countries. Important aid work has been happening in refugee camps for many years with limited resources. The conflict has put pressure on these already scarce resources, resulting in many people facing a lack of water, sanitation, food, shelter and safety. 

There is an urgent need for humanitarian assistance for people displaced within Sudan and in neighbouring countries. 

We must act now.  

Your generous donation today means our partners in Sudan and surrounding countries can respond quickly to support vulnerable communities during this crisis.


Refugee camp in Africa, full of people who took refuge due to insecurity and armed conflict. Photo Shutterstock

What is the impact of the Sudan crisis?

Armed clashes in Sudan began in April 2023.

  • As violence has spread across the country, over 9 million people have been forced from their homes. 
  • 25 million people now in dire need of humanitarian assistance.

There is an urgent need for water, sanitation, hygiene, food and other essential needs. 

The impact of violence is being felt by the most vulnerable. 

  • 75% of people affected by the conflict are women and children. 
  • There has been an alarming increase in the incidence of sexual assault cases across the country. 
  • Millions of children have been forced to flee their homes and are internally displaced, while more than half a million have fled across the border to safety. 

Your generosity means that our partners can respond quickly to this unfolding humanitarian crisis.


How can I help people affected by the Sudan crisis?

Caritas Australia is working with our partner, CAFOD, and local partners SOS Sahel and ERRADA to respond to the Sudan crisis. 

Your donation will help provide urgent aid and assistance to those forced from their homes by this crisis. Your support can provide essentials like access to clean water, food, sanitation, and shelter.

Since the outbreak of violence, Caritas partners in Sudan have distributed food at 17 gathering points for internally displaced people, as well as delivering multi-purpose cash assistance, access to clean water, and hygiene services. 

Life in remote Sudan. Photo Shutterstock

You can help vulnerable communities. Make a donation today.

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Help provide urgent aid and assistance to those forced from their homes by this crisis.

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"We pray for all of the people who have been impacted by the fighting in Sudan, especially those who have lost their lives, their homes or their loved ones during this crisis,"

Melville Fernandez

Caritas Australia's Humanitarian Emergencies Associate Director

Our partners are on the ground to support vulnerable communities affected by Sudan crisis, providing:

Emergency Shelter

Safe, clean water

Sanitation and hygiene support

Support to families forced from their homes by conflict

Handwashing facilities in a refugee camp in White Nile State, Sudan, installed to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Photo CAFOD

With your help, we’re working with our partners on the ground to bring vital aid to vulnerable communities in Sudan and surrounding countries: 

  • Access to clean drinking water.
  • Support for sanitation and hygiene.
  • Shelter for internally displaced people and refugees.
  • Cash-based interventions to ensure families can buy food.
  • Direct support for the needs of displaced people in Sudan and surrounding countries.

Your generous donation today means our partners can respond quickly and efficiently to support vulnerable communities during this crisis.


As a member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), Caritas Australia is committed and fully adhere to the ACFID Code of Conduct, conducting our work with transparency, accountability and integrity. Find out more about ACFID Code of Conduct for Emergency Appeals.


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