By Dr. Hiba Ahmed Khalil Badr, Director of Emergency and Humanitarian Interventions, Sudan Family Planning Association
Sudan has a long record of generously hosting refugees. At the beginning of 2023, Sudan was the second largest asylum country in Africa with over 1.11 million refugees. Most of these people came from nearby countries including South Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Central African Republic, Chad, Syria, and Yemen.
But now, Sudan is the origin of one of the world’s largest refugee crises. The descent into war between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in the capital Khartoum on 15 April has already displaced nearly 2 million people, according to the UN.
While security issues and bureaucratic hurdles have prevented the majority of humanitarian aid from reaching innocent refugees and internally-displaced Sudanese people, local organizations and volunteers continue to shoulder most of the relief work.
As the Director of Emergency and Humanitarian Interventions with the Sudan Family Planning Association (SFPA), I have witnessed firsthand the impact of this heinous war on our country’s most vulnerable people, including our women, girls and other marginalized groups.