May 18, 2023

Sudan | Emergency assistance to refugees

Canadian Lutheran World Relief is responding to the violence in Sudan by supporting families who have crossed the border into Chad.  

In mid-April, fighting began between the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF). Thousands of people were trapped in their homes and hundreds killed. At least 30,000 people have crossed the border into Chad seeking refuge in the first month, with more arriving every day. Initial assessments found Sudanese refugees in Chad have no access or limited access to food, basic household supplies and shelter. There are also growing shortages of sanitation, water, and hygiene facilities. Safeguarding risks have also been identified. 

With funding from Global Affairs Canada, Humanitarian Coalition and Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC), CLWR is responding by providing emergency assistance to almost 3000 people, plus constructing emergency latrines, handwashing facilities and showers, and rehabilitating damaged community water sources, benefitting over 11,000 people. Water treatment products are also being distributed to ensure access to potable water.  

CLWR’s local partners, LWF Chad, are prioritizing the most vulnerable, including children, people with disabilities, the elderly, and single mothers. 588 families are receiving cash support to allow purchase of shelter and critical household supplies. 

Join us in prayer for our partners in LWF Chad as they respond, and in particular for all those who have been affected by this crisis.  


Photo captions: (1 & 2) LWF staff members providing non-food items to refugees. (3) Refugees waiting for rescue under trees. Temperatures range between 35 and 41 degrees Celsius. (4) LWF staff members receiving refugees in Gongour village at the Chad-Sudan border. (Photos by LWF Sudan)