WFP Nutrition Interventions: Keeping IDP Families Alive in Sudan.

Sudan is one of the UN World Food Programme’s (WFP) most complex operations, with recurring conflict, large-scale displacement, insecurity, and crisis levels of malnutrition and hunger. Thanks to EU Humanitarian Aid, WFP has been able to provide five months of nutritional support to 86,600 children under five and pregnant and nursing women, all of whom are at risk of malnutrition across Sudan this year.

Fatima Abubakr is an internally displaced mother of five children in Kalma camp in South Darfur.

Fatima Abubakr and her family

“My family and I fled our home leaving everything we owned behind to seek safety away from the terror brought by war. We came to this camp we now call home with nothing but the clothes we were wearing. My husband was very ill and was not doing well. A year from our drastic life transformation, he passed away.”

Abdelazim, Fatima’s eldest son

“My husband gave me these three beautiful kids, before his passing and I am very grateful. But life as a single woman is tough, so I re-married here in the camp five years ago and gave birth to two more children. Their father is away for work and does not come back often. He tries his best to support us financially but it is not enough. So I work as a tea-lady in the market, while my eldest son, Abdelazim, helps by picking mangoes and selling them in the market. We don’t make much, but we manage to get by.”

“We have come a long way since we first arrived here.”

Abdelazim and his friend, Musaab

The European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), have played a vital role contributing financially to WFP over the years, allowing WFP to get closer to its goal of preventing and treating acute malnutrition in emergency and recovery situations, reduce stunting and prevent micro-nutrient deficiencies through nutrition-specific interventions.