Since 2003, the fighting in Darfur (Western Sudan) has left over 2.6 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) and 230,000 refugees in neighbouring Chad,. The armed hostilities, the systematic destruction of infrastructure and mass expulsions have greatly disrupted living conditions in Darfur.
At present, approximately 4.7 of the 8 million people in Darfur are dependent on international relief.
However, the world's largest humanitarian operation, is coming under massive pressure to reach the affected people. Widespread insecurity, including attacks against humanitarian workers and assets, and exponential increase in banditry is leading to serious constraints in humanitarian access.