The conflict in Sudan has led to the displacement of more than four million people, 3.3 million of whom are displaced within Sudan itself. More than 380,000 people have crossed into eastern Chad, most of whom have sought refuge in camps and settlements in and around the border town of Adré.
MSF teams are currently witnessing the dire living conditions in these settlements, where refugees face severe shortages of food, water, sanitation, shelter and medical care. MSF appeals to the UN, international donors and humanitarian organisations to respond swiftly to the urgent humanitarian needs of the refugees in Adre and across Ouaddai province.
“It’s hard to describe what these people are going through,” says Susana Borges, MSF emergency coordinator in Adré. “People are desperately waiting for food rations. Some have gone five weeks without receiving food.
“People are feeding their children on insects, grass and leaves. They have much less water than they need and many have no shelter whatsoever. How can they survive like this? People are desperately waiting for food rations, but they don’t even have basic cooking supplies. How will they cook if they have no pots?” says Borges.