Sudan: Displaced families use camp life to better themselves

Publié: 21 novembre 2013 10:58 CET

By Nelly Muluka, IFRC and Imad Abdulrahim, Sudanese Red Crescent Society

The Alraiah Alaraki camp in Gezira State, Sudan, is home to more than 750 families who were displaced from their homes in August, following heavy flooding that affected several states. The floods also destroyed property, livelihoods and led to loss of life.

Families were concerned about where they would sleep and how they would get clean water, as critical infrastructure had also been damaged. At first, they had to make do with make-shift housing, using whatever materials they could to put a roof over their heads.

Then, with support from the Saudi Red Crescent Authority, as well the Sudanese Red Crescent, it wasn’t long before sturdier shelters began dotting the landscape.

“Our biggest fear was about shelter and water. But the living conditions in the camp have greatly improved because the water plant installed by the Sudanese Red Crescent is now working,” said Noor Eldaim Gudil, the officer in charge of the camp. “There are also new tents in place, and many families have taken to acquiring new skills at the school in the camp. Many families are using their stay here to better their lives.”

“We are so grateful to the Sudanese Red Crescent and all those who have supported us,” said Hawa Hassan Ibrahim, a resident at the camp since August. “We now have good shelter and are concentrating on making the best out of what life has to offer us here.

“I am also grateful because my husband has managed to get some space outside the shelter to start a tailoring business, and I sell sandwiches to supplement our income.”

In addition, Hawa and others at the camp have enrolled for evening classes on first aid, hygiene and basic disaster management, taught by Sudanese Red Crescent  volunteers.