Sudan Still Needs Us

Floods in Sudan have displaced thousands, who are suffering by the hour

The villagers moving their belongings in a boat in flood-affected Wad Ramli, Khartoum.

For many of us, 2020 has been a year that we’ll never forget. For hundreds of thousands of people in Sudan that statement holds even more significance as 2020 has brought with it some of the worst flooding the region has ever seen. Typically prone to flooding around this time of year, water levels in the Blue Nile reached levels of over 17 metres, levels which haven’t been seen in over a century. The result of intense monsoons in neighbouring Ethiopia, the banks of the river burst and have caused widespread flooding with a devastating impact.

Sudan is a country that is currently grappling the impact of Covid-19, in addition to armed conflict and outbreaks of Polio. Their healthcare system that has received only 15% of the budget that it required, and only 22% of the budget the country needed to address water and hygiene needs.Widely believed to be a result of climate change, and even more worryingly, part of an expected trend due to that. The floods have brought with it an unprecedented level of damage and ruin to over 800,000 people, destroying hundreds of thousands of homes and killing over a hundred people.

A villager trying to move his belongings in a backpack in Wad Ramli, Khartoum.

Amongst the worst hit areas of Sudan, is the region of Khartoum. A region where the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has warned that over 1.4 million people are severely food insecure. People who will undoubtedly feel the impact of the floods more severely, especially with countless numbers of farms being destroyed as a result.

With a lack of funds severely limiting an adequate response, the effect the floods are having on the hundreds of thousands who have been impacted,is growing increasingly damaging. That’s why Islamic Relief USA has mounted its emergency campaign to help the survivors of the floods, but we need your support to assist us in our efforts. You can donate now, and find more information, at https://irusa.org/africa/. For those who have been impacted every minute counts, so please send help. Jazakullah Khair.

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