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29.04.2023 | Press Release

Sudan: NGOs call for protections to enable immediate humanitarian assistance

A joint statement by members of the Sudan INGO Forum.

Für eine Lebensmittelverteilung werden Pakete zusammengestellt, Sudan, 2021
As soon as the situation allows, Welthungerhilfe will continue its work in Sudan and support people in need. This image from 2021 shows distributions of food in eastern Sudan. © Welthungerhilfe
Simone Pott Team Communications

The ongoing and escalating violence across Sudan has directly impacted thousands of civilians, resulting in loss of life, widespread destruction of civilian infrastructure and complete disruption of basic services. Despite the announcement of consecutive 72-hour ceasefires and humanitarian pauses by SAF and RSF clashes have continued largely unabated.

At least 450 people have been killed – including at least five humanitarian workers, and over 3,700 people have been injured. Acute shortages of food, water and fuel for electricity cause immense suffering for those trapped in conflict-affected exacerbating the already challenging humanitarian situation in the country.

Welthungerhilfe Secretary General Mathias Mogge warns of a humanitarian tragedy and calls for humanitarian access to people in need.

Civilians in danger

The conduct of hostilities, including the use of heavy artillery and aerial bombing in densely populated civilian areas, and the intrusion and occupation of civilian homes by armed actors, has a devastating impact on the civilian population. Thousands of people have been displaced, often taking shelter in schools and other public buildings in neighbourhoods and states less impacted by the fighting.

Others have been forced to make long journeys to Sudan’s neighbouring countries attempting to seek asylum in Chad, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt. Many remain trapped by the ongoing fighting, unable to navigate the myriad of checkpoints and afraid to move due to shelling, air strikes and gunfire.

The health sector is on the verge of collapse. At least 11 Health facilities have been attacked and a further 57 have been put out of service. Those remaining facilities are stretched beyond capacity and face a severe shortage of supplies, water, power/fuel and personnel – many of whom have also evacuated.

The urgency of the situation cannot be overstated

The ongoing violence has directedly impacted aid operations and is preventing life-saving assistance from reaching millions in need. Five humanitarian workers have been killed, others injured, and humanitarian premises, supplies and vehicles have been looted. Whilst NGOs are making every attempt to continue reaching people in need where it is safe to do so, many vital programmes and services have been suspended with potentially devastating consequences for the millions of people who rely on humanitarian aid.

Sudanese communities, civil society and national NGOs are doing their best to respond in incredibly difficult circumstances. There are reports of communities mobilising to provide aid where they can, however significant international humanitarian assistance is required to meet escalating needs.

The deteriorating situation in Sudan comes at a time when an estimated 15.8 million people in the country – a third of the population – are already in need of humanitarian aid, the highest figure in a decade. Furthermore, humanitarian funding to meet existing caseloads was already severely overstretched, with only 13.5% of the 2023 Humanitarian Response Plan financed despite record needs.

Whilst several INGOs have been forced to relocate staff from conflict-affected areas to ensure their safety, the Sudan INGO Forum remain fully committed to supporting crisis affected populations in Sudan and resuming as a matter of urgency essential programmes and scaling up the humanitarian response. To support this response, urgent efforts are required to enable the safety and security of aid workers and assets, enable safe passage for critical humanitarian supplies, including cash and fuel, and provide additional flexible funding to address the growing needs.

The Sudan INGO Forum and its members call for the following:


  1. American Bar Association
  2. Fundacion Accion Contra El Hambre/Action Against Hunger
  3. Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development
  4. Action of Disability and Development Organisation
  5. Africa Humanitarian Action
  6. Alight
  7. Alliance for International Medical Action
  8. Catholic Agency For Overseas Development
  9. CARE International in Sudan
  10. Concern Worldwide
  12. Danish Refugee Council
  14. GOAL
  15. Henry Dunant Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue
  16. Humanity for Development and Prosperity Organisation
  17. International Aid Services
  18. International Medical Corps
  19. International Rescue Committee
  20. International Republican Institute
  21. Islamic Relief Worldwide - Sudan
  22. Japan International Volunteer Center
  23. Medair
  24. Mercy Corps (Europe)
  25. Medecins Sans Frontieres Suisse
  26. Norwegian Church Aid
  27. Near East Foundation
  28. Norwegian Refugee Council
  29. OVCI La nostra famiglia
  30. Plan International - Sudan
  31. Practical Action
  32. Premiere Urgence Internationale
  33. Relief International
  34. Saferworld
  35. Samaritan's Purse International Relief
  36. Solidarites International
  37. Triangle Generation Humanitaire (TGH)
  38. Veterinaires Sans Frontieres Germany
  39. War Child Canada
  40. Women's Education Partnership
  41. Welthungerhilfe
  42. World Relief
  43. Windle Trust International
  44. World Vision International
  45. ZOA
  46. Corus International
  47. Secours Islamique France
  48. Catholic Relief Services
  49. Adventist Development & Relief Agency
  50. Medical Teams International
  51. Muslim Aid UK
  52. Save the Children International
  53. Associazione Italiana per la Solidarieta tra I Popoli
  54. Non Violent Peaceforce
  55. Muslim Hands United for the Needy
  56. Human Appeal - UK
  57. DanChurchAid
  58. Geneva Call

WHH is one of the largest private aid organizations in Germany and enjoys both political and religious independence. It is fighting for “Zero Hunger by 2030”. Since being founded in 1962, it has provided funding of EUR 4.46 billion for more than 10,895 overseas projects in 70 countries. WHH bases its efforts on the principle of empowering people to help themselves, which it implements with measures ranging from rapid disaster relief to rehabilitation to long-term development cooperation projects with national and international partner organizations.

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