That was nine years ago and little has changed.
Today it is difficult to figure how many people have died and how many have been displaced. Between the governments' actions and the humanitarian crisis, there are many reasons for why the people of Sudan are losing their lives.
According to the United Human Rights Council, “The genocide in Darfur has claimed 400,000 lives and displaced over 2,500,000 people. More than one hundred people continue to die each day; five thousand die every month.” (1)
It is estimated now that 6.9 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in Sudan. That includes those who are in need of shelter, food, water, medicine, etc.
South Sudan successfully seceded from Sudan in 2011, but their situation is just as revolting. Internal conflict has raged since day one and innocent civilians are still the targets of atrocious violence.
According to Save the Children, "The world's youngest country, South Sudan has been devastated by decades of war in which 2 million people have died and 4 million have been forced to flee, and continue to face humanitarian crises." (2)
Sudan and South Sudan are facing disaster. Millions of people are needlessly suffering. The inaction from the rest of the world is unacceptable. Will you help be a part of the solution?
Check out the following links to learn more about the crises in Sudan and South Sudan, and most importantly, how YOU can help!
Genocide in Darfur via the United Human Rights Council (1)
Where We Work: South Sudan via Save the Children (2)
Divided and desperate along South Sudan's front-line by Simona Foltyn
Sudan Backgrounder via United to End Genocide
The Humanity Helping Sudan Project is my favorite organization in Sudan right now. They are working to help refugees rebuild their lives through farming, fishing, raising chickens, and more. They are also helping to provide valuable resources like water and food. You can learn more about them in this video-
Some other great organizations to check out-
Operation Broken Silence
Save the Children
Women for Women
International Rescue Committee
Written by Sarah Haney