The Um Dukhan locality in Central Darfur, Sudan, is home to a diverse community of people: Internally Displaced People (IDPs), refugees, nomads, and asylum seekers. It largely escaped the conflict that plagued the surrounding region up until 2005.
However, in 2013, war broke out between the tribes over ownership of resources and land occupation, killing hundreds and forcing many to leave again. Where NGOs, humanitarian agencies and the government had worked hard to build Central Darfur as a 'safe zone' with sanitation, proper hygiene and education, communities were once again broken.
After several unsuccessful attempts at rebuilding the community, Tearfund restarted its local work in 2013, creating activities that united and restored the two tribes at war.
This case study analyses in depth the nature of intertribal conflict and the success and challenges of this particular humanitarian response.