WFP Continues to Support Sudanese Refugees in Chad

Since 2003, when millions of civilians fled their homes to seek protection from violence in Sudan, Chad has become home to more than 400,000 Sudanese refugees. The World Food Programme (WFP) is still providing them with food assistance despite their plight, but they risk falling into oblivion amidst stretched resources as Chad struggles to host more than 750,000 people displaced by conflict, including thousands of people recently displaced by violence spilling across the border from Nigeria.

WFP continues to provide food assistance to over 300,000 Sudanese refugees in twelve camps in eastern Chad, who are still unable to return home.

Due to limited resources, WFP prioritises assistance to those most in need, to ensure that people have enough to eat.  But at the moment, refugees from Sudan and the Central African Republic (C.A.R.) are currently receiving only 40 percent of the planned rations. 

Women line up to receive their monthly ration in the Djabal camp, in eastern Chad. 

Since 2003, Chad has been hosting refugees from neighbouring countries deeply affected by fragile security situations. There are currently more than 750,000 people displaced by conflict struggling to feed themselves in Chad, including long-term refugees from Sudan and C.A.R. 

Because the refugees have been in the area for an extended period of time, the refugee camps almost appear like local villages.

Some refugees have set up a "taxi" service so that they can take food home to their families. 

In June 2015, work was completed on the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) runway near the Djabal camp, so that humanitarians can more easily reach people in need with life-saving assistance. WFP manages UNHAS, which is a crucial service for remote areas that are difficult for commercial airlines to access.