Since violence erupted between the Sudanese army and a paramilitary force in April 2023, humanitarian needs have been severely exacerbated. Mass forced displacement and concerns about famine has been trigged amidst attacks on hospitals and other civilian infrastructure needed to produce and distribute food.

Ambulances prevented from transporting people in El Fasher
12 May 2024: In El Fasher city, North Darfur state, ambulances were prevented from transporting injured people from Abu Shouk Refugee Camp to El Fasher Southern Hospital, the only hospital still working in the city. Source: Radio Dabanga. Return to Sudan home page. more
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2023 Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition (SHCC) Factsheet

Based on Insecurity Insight data, the SHCC 257 incidents of violence against or obstruction of health care in Sudan in 2023, compared to 54 in 2022. In these incidents, 56 health workers were killed; vital medicines were looted; and health facilities were damaged, destroyed, and occupied. From the start of intense fighting erupting in April between the Sudanese military and the paramilitary group, Rapid Support Forces, hospitals and health workers were attacked. Health facilities in Khartoum were frequently subjected to round-launched mortar shelling, missiles, and bombing while in Darfur, many hospitals were attacked and often set afire. The factsheet is available in English.

This is not the first time that health care in Sudan has been attacked. Insecurity Insight data revealed in the Sudan country chapter of the 2022 annual Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition report that there were at least 53 incidents of violence or obstruction of health care in the country that year. 

The data is available to download and can be explored visually using our interactive Attacked and Threatened: Health Care at Risk map.

Conflict and Hunger

Following the outbreak of violence in mid-April 2023, food production factories and markets have been destroyed, fatal attacks on humanitarian food aid personnel have been perpetrated and looting of food has occurred on a large scale. In May 2023, it was estimated that a further 2-2.5 million people in Sudan would fall into hunger in the following three to six months due to persisting violence.

Insecurity Insight monitors conflict events contributing to food insecurity in Sudan as part of its conflict and hunger project. Our latest report examines conflict events with clearly foreseeable consequences for food security in Sudan between 15 April and 16 June 2023. It can be viewed here. Data covering the same period is accessible for download here.

Sexual Violence

Insecurity Insight documents reported incidents of sexual violence in Sudan. Although many incidents go unreported, our data – available for download here – provides insights into their traumatic consequences.

Insecurity Insight’s latest report on this topic analyses 18 cases of sexual violence against 39 women and girls in the Darfur region in the period from January to October 2020. It demonstrates that women and girls were frequently at risk of being targeted with sexual violence whilst pursuing daily activities but that the perpetrators were rarely held accountable. Documentation is key to overcoming this.