May 26, 2023

A Looming Disaster: Sudan’s Refugees Face Dire Humanitarian Conditions in Chad

(AP Photo/Sam Mednick)

Bottom Line Up Front

  • Nearly 100 thousand people have recently fled Sudan for neighboring Chad, according to the UN, adding to the 400 thousand Sudanese refugees already in the country after fleeing previous conflicts.
  • This latest wave of refugees, 90 percent of whom are women and children, face dire conditions, as many shelter in open, makeshift encampments and experience severe food insecurity.
  • The impending rainy season threatens to cut off critical supplies to refugees and wipe out makeshift encampments, which could result in further widespread humanitarian disasters.
  • Failed ceasefires and ethnic divisions risk creating a protracted conflict in Sudan, which could exacerbate complex humanitarian challenges and negatively impact regional stability.