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Darfur’s forgotten refugees

Since 2003, twelve refugee camps in the eastern part of Chad have hosted over 300 000 people who fled Sudan’s Darfur conflict.

As a result of this massive refugee influx, Chad is now the African country which hosts the highest number of refugees in proportion to the size of its population. Chad, one of the poorest countries in the world with chronic problems of food insecurity and malnutrition, welcomed the refugees though it is not without consequence for a country with already scarce resources.

The European Commission's Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) have helped Darfur refugees from the onset and is currently one of the few donors who remains engaged in providing assistance. In such a protracted crisis, emergency aid has already shifted towards more durable long-term solutions to help the refugees to integrate, become more autonomous and self-reliant.

Story by Isabel Coello, Regional Information Officer for north, west and central Africa

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