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Our Work In Sudan

The need for protection in Sudan

Last year, the United Nations began removing peacekeepers from the country and transitioned to a purely political mission. The removal of peacekeepers left a large security vacuum, and violence soon erupted. For example, since December 2019, Darfur has experienced four waves of inter-communal violence, leading to large-scale displacement and property destruction. In October 2021 a military takeover only escalated inter-communal violence, where people were killed and villages were looted and burned. 

The conflict in Darfur is also exacerbated by climate change as competition over land and water is linked to an increase in violent fighting among communities.  Sexual violence is also rampant in the country, with women often at risk while they complete their daily activities, such as collecting firewood.

NP’s work in Sudan

  • In our newest country program, NP will deepen the implementation of Unarmed Civilian Protection (UCP) in Darfuri communities. Our first team there has been training and coaching local leaders in peacebuilding and civilian protection. NP is also building relationships with conflict-affected communities to identify needs and priorities for the work. The team is conducting orientation workshops about UCP for women, youth or marginalized communities that explore how UCP can strengthen existing community self-protection efforts. 
  • One participant from East Darfur who took part in an NP training said: “If together with trained UCP practitioners we stand together and advocate for unarmed solutions, we gradually will succeed and positively contribute to silencing the guns in our communities, assist the affected population and vulnerable families.” Training participants are already teaching unarmed civilian protection in their communities, including in several internally displaced persons camps, with especially vulnerable populations.
  • More detailed history and program information can found here.

The future of NP’s work in Sudan

NP’s work in Sudan is just beginning. Our goal is to enhance safety and security of high-risk communities in Darfur by supporting and strengthening local peace initiatives such as:

  • Locally-brokered peace agreements
  • Serving as an intermediary between groups in a dispute
  • Supporting communities to actively engage in regional and national peace processes

Population of Darfur: 9 million (Sudan: 43.9 million)

Internally displaced Sudanese: 2.5 million

Refugees from other countries: 1.1 million

People in need of humanitarian assistance: 13.5 million

GPI Ranking of Peaceful Countries: #153 out of 163

Online training program 2020

New Program established 2021

Our Impact

separate places where unarmed civilian protection is mentioned in the resolution to establish UNITAMS
Darfuri students completed the unarmed civilian protection course on how to use nonviolence and work towards a peaceful future in their communities
Our training course has reached students from all 5 Darfuri states

Our Team in Darfur

Start-up Director: Tanya Walmsley Established: 2021 
Training Program: 2020

"It is possible to silence the guns in Darfur."

Course graduate, Halima Mohammed Ibrahim from Nyala (South Darfur)
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Today, the level of violent conflict is increasing across the globe. This violence isn’t solving problems … it’s making the world more dangerous for us all. But you and I know there is another way. For 20 years, NP has been on the ground protecting civilians and working side-by-side with local communities to resolve conflicts. What makes our work truly remarkable is we do it all through unarmed strategies, and the extraordinary generosity of caring friends like you.