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According to page nine of the World Food Programme’s Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Assessment for the first quarter of 2022, Kereniek, West Darfur State was one of the most food insecure localites in Sudan (1). On April 22 through April 25, 2022, conflict displaced about 98,000 people, including 19,600 families to sixteen sites in Kereneik town, according to a May 10 report from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (2).
Several times in 2021, DOHS provided aid to people from Kereneik who were displaced by conflict to El Geneina (3). So after the latest conflict in Kereneik Locality last April, we immediately began fundraising and planning for action.
During this time, we also received reports from witnesses about the displaced in Kereneik town living out in the open, all their possessions and food gone. About a one toilet per 100 people ratio, with rains becoming heavy at times. About there being no medicine available.
As usual, we raised money through GlobalGiving ($913.20, after GG expenses, since our last distribution on September 19, 2021) and local donations, and in early June, we sent $6448 to Sudan to aid displaced families in Kereneik town. Displaced persons there had told us that they wanted food most of all. And after planning with camp leaders and city councilors, our DOHS team drove from El Geneina to Kereneik town on June 19, 2022. During the following two days, we provided each of the 427 displaced families we served with about 25kg millet, one of the most important crops in Sudan.
In July, we sent our registration application to the West Darfur State government. We now are also registered with the federal government’s Humanitarian Aid Commission. We even have a new logo (see below, after the references list).
But there continues to be immense need for more aid. On July 21, the Displacement Tracking Matrix reported that 24,586 displaced people were still in Kereneik town (4). 83,049 displaced persons were sheltering in El Geneina and surrounding villages, according to an August 7 Displacement Tracking Matrix report (5). On August 14, UNOCHA reported about 460,000 Sudanese were expected to be affected by flooding, up from an average of 388,600 people for each year from 2017 to 2021 (6).
So, since June 2020, we have provided food, blankets, tarps, cash, clothes, shoes and sleeping mats to 1,234 displaced individuals and 1,347 displaced families in El Geneina and Kereneik town, in West Darfur State, Sudan.
3) see past progress reports for this project on this webpage.