Darfur's Refugees Falling Through the Cracks

Twelve years after they first fled, refugees from Sudan’s Darfur region are still stuck in eastern Chad. Chad is one of the poorest countries on earth, and the 360,000 Sudanese refugees live in some of its least developed regions. The climate is harsh, agriculture is often impossible, and government services like education and healthcare are largely non-existent. When the refugees first came, aid agencies stepped in to meet their needs. But now that is changing. As newer, bigger crises suck up attention and aid dollars, humanitarians are leaving eastern Chad. Services that the refugees have long relied on – including food rations – are being rolled back. An RI team went to eastern Chad to see what these changes mean for refugee families, and to push donors not to abandon them.