About the Emergency

On April 15, 2023, fighting broke out between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces in Sudan, which has so far claimed hundreds of lives and injured thousands of people. Civilians trapped in their homes cannot access needed medicines, and they face the prospect of protracted power, water, and food shortages. This conflict compounds an already dire situation – one-third of Sudan’s population, nearly 16 million people, already needed humanitarian assistance this year to meet basic human needs before this outbreak of violence.

USAID deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to the region on April 22, 2023, to coordinate the U.S. government’s humanitarian response for people affected by widespread violence in Sudan. The team is working with the international community and our partners to identify priority needs and to safely deliver life-saving humanitarian assistance to those who need it most. More information on the U.S.government’s humanitarian activities in Sudan can be found here.

How You Can Help


Send cash donations to reputable relief organizations working on the ground. They can make the most difference and save the most lives. Detailed information on how relief organizations use donations can be found at: GiveWell, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, and the Better Business Bureau. Below are organizations responding in Sudan.


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Additional Resources

InterAction is an alliance of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) based in Washington, D.C. whose 180-plus members work globally.

GlobalGiving is the first and largest global crowdfunding community that connects nonprofits, donors, and companies worldwide.

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