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Stopping a “humanitarian disaster” among Sudanese refugees in Chad requires quick action

A multi-pronged approach is needed to effectively address the needs of Sudanese refugees in Chad. Governments, NGOs, and the international community must take action to stop the “humanitarian disaster” facing the refugees.

  1. Governments and NGOs should increase their support to the refugees’ essential humanitarian needs. This includes provisions such as food, water, shelter, and health services. Local authorities and organizations should be empowered to deliver these supplies.
  2. International organizations should partner with the governments of the countries hosting the refugees to finance literacy, vocational, and educational programs that equip young people with the skills they need to find stable employment or start businesses.
  3. Programs to promote integration and improve social cohesion among refugees and host communities should be developed. These should emphasize increasing cultural understanding and knowledge so that the host community can better understand and interact with the refugee community.
  4. Governments should establish a legal framework for the protection of refugees, to ensure that their rights and dignity are respected. This legal framework should also include measures that will provide long-term conditions to encourage voluntary repatriation to Sudan.
  5. The UN and other intergovernmental organizations should provide mediation to resolve conflicts between refugees and local host communities. Establishing initiatives to promote dialogue between the two communities can help to reduce tensions and build trust.

The time to take action is now. Governments, NGOs, and the international community must act quickly to prevent further suffering and support the Sudanese refugees as they settle and integrate into their new home.